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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 its downtown core, and enhance the quality of life of this outstanding community. 

His key accomplishments include:

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-attended Neighborhood Connection meetings and the "New Day Federal Way" program on Channel 21, our community has many new ways to connect with their City. 

Term Began: January 1, 2014 
(Second) Term Expires: December 31, 2021


Regional Representation

Mayor Ferrell represents the City of Federal Way on the following regional committees


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 an 11-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

If you would like to email Mayor Ferrell, please click here. He is always glad to hear from citizens.