Board of Directors

There will be a Special Meeting of the IFA Board of Directors Thursday August 22, 2019 at 10:30am and will be held at Craig City Hall or by teleconference. Click Here for agenda. The next Regular Board of Director Meeting will be Monday September 16, 2019 at 10:00am and will be held at Craig City Hall or by teleconference. You will be able to click here to view agenda when available. If you are interested in participating in the meeting via teleconference, dial 800-315-6338 then enter 04848 followed by the # sign.

History and Governance

The Inter-Island Ferry Authority (IFA) was formed in 1997 to respond to the need for improved transportation to island communities in southern Southeast Alaska. The Prince of Wales Communities of Craig, Klawock, Thorne Bay and Coffman Cove joined in a coalition with Wrangell and Petersburg to create the IFA, which is a public corporation organized under Alaska’s Municipal Port Authority Act. Hydaburg joined the Board in 2010. Petersburg withdrew from the Board in 2012.

The IFA development plan included both the Hollis-Ketchikan (Southern Route) and Coffman Cove-Wrangell-Petersburg (Northern Route) passenger/vehicle ferry routes. The IFA received support for both routes from the Alaska Department of Transportation in 1998. Alaska’s Congressional Delegation secured funding for the two planned IFA vessels. The M/V Prince of Wales inaugurated daily scheduled round-trip service between Hollis and Ketchikan in January 2002. A sister vessel, the M/V Stikine provided daily service, during the summer seasons, between Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg from May of 2006 through September of 2008. Budgetary concerns resulted in the suspension of the Northern Route until further notice so the M/V Stikine is the primary vessel running and the M/V Prince of Wales is used when the M/V Stikine is in dry dock.

The IFA is governed by a Board of Directors who are appointed by the member communities. The seven-member board meets quarterly, with many directors and members of the public tuning in via teleconference. The board members are appointed by their respective member community and serve a term of 4 years.

Inter-Island Ferry Authority Board of Directors

Harvey McDonald; Chair [email protected]
Jeff Nickerson; Vice Chair [email protected]
D J Otis Gibbons; Treasurer/Secretary [email protected] 
Patty Gilbert; Director  [email protected]
Anthony Christianson; Director [email protected]   
Adelia (DeeDee) Jeffreys; Director [email protected]
Brian Wilson; Director [email protected]

See current BYLAWS of the Inter-Island Ferry Authority Board of Directors.

Download and view agendas and minutes

Meeting Date Minutes
April 16, 2019 Minutes PDF
December 13, 2018 Minutes PDF
September 28, 2018 Minutes PDF
June 14, 2018 Minutes PDF
March 15, 2018 Minutes PDF
December 19, 2017 Minutes PDF
September 25, 2017 Minutes PDF
June 21, 2017 Minutes PDF
March 29, 2017 Minutes PDF
December 13, 2016 Minutes PDF
October 25, 2016 Minutes PDF
June 16, 2016 Minutes PDF
April 21, 2016 Minutes PDF
December 9, 2015 Minutes PDF
October 30, 2015 Minutes PDF
August 6, 2015 Minutes PDF
June 15, 2015 Minutes PDF
April 20, 2015 Minutes PDF
January 6, 2015 Minutes PDF
September 22, 2014 Minutes PDF
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