About Jim Ferrell
“We are working to build a community where opportunity thrives. Federal Way is a place where residents, workers, and businessess can fully pursue their version of the American Dream. -Mayor Jim Ferrell
Mayor Ferrell has worked to bring businesses to Federal Way, revitalize downtown , and enhance the quality of life of this outstanding community.
Key accomplishments include:
- Creating Town Square Park, which serves as the "beating heart" of our community
- Initiating Town Center, a 21-acre project to anchor downtown development
- Opening a downtown Police substation
- Deploying increased resources to keep neighborhoods safe from graffiti and chronic distressed properties
- Securing donation of the historical Brooklake Community Center property to the parks department
- Dedicating 60-foot flagpole downtown and designating Veterans Way
- Saving public health services for over 13,000 low-income women and their children
- Creating a structurally balanced 2015-2016 budget, the first structurally balanced budget in over a decade
- Developing a balanced and objective finacial plan to build the Performing Arts & Evnt Center which will open Summer 2017
In addition to the efforts above, Mayor Ferrell believes government works best when it’s guided by the voice of the people. He introduced several efforts to increase resident access to their municipal government. With improved transparency and community outreach efforts like the well attented Neighborhood Connections and New Day Federal Way, our community has many new ways to coonect with their City.
Term Began: January 1, 2014
Term Expires: December 31, 2017
Mayor Ferrell represents the City of Federal Way on the following regional committees
- Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), Executive Committee
- Valley Communications (911), Chair-Board of Directors
- South Correctional Entity (SCORE) Regional Jail, Board of Directors
- Sound Cities Associtation, Board of Directors
- King County Metro Services Guidelines Committee
- EMS Advising Task Force
Mayor Ferrell's Biographical Information
Prior to being elected mayor, Jim Ferrell served as a King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor, defending victims of crime. He served ten years on the Federal Way City Council from 2003 until 2013. In 2009, he led a successful grassroots effort to persuade voters to change the City’s form of government from Council/Manager to an elected mayor system.
Jim and his wife Wendy are long-time Federal Way residents, and are raising a nine-year old son. Jim graduated from the University of Washington and earned his law degree from Gonzaga University. He played Husky football under Coach Don James from 1985-1988 and received the Guy Flaherty Award, the storied football program's oldest and most prestigious award.
Contact Mayor Ferrell
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