“We are working to see that Federal Way becomes Puget Sound’s premier city for families and businesses.” Mayor Jim Ferrell
During his first year in office Mayor Ferrell has worked to bring businesses to Federal Way, revitalize downtown for residents and visitors, and enhance the quality of life of this outstanding community.
Key accomplishments in 2014 include:
In addition to the efforts above, Mayor Ferrell believes that City government works best when it’s guided by the voice of the people. He introduced several efforts to increase resident access to their government. The Mayor and City Council brought City Hall to the neighborhoods, meeting with over 500 residents across the city at Neighborhood Connection
He also introduced New Day Federal Way, a new civic television program to bring key public events, such as the Veterans Day event
, Red, White & Blues Festival
, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration
and Town Square Park opening
to the greater public. Programs are shown on TV21 and the City’s YouTube channel
Meet Mayor Jim Ferrell
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 seven-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.
Elected Mayor Form of Government
Elected by Federal Way's voters every four years, the mayor serves as the city's chief executive officer and manages all the city departments and over 300 city employees in accordance with the policies and direction of the City Council.
The mayor also directs city efforts for economic development, intergovernmental relations, media and community relations. The mayor's office provides the City Council and management with a complete financial plan for all city funds and activities through the preparation and administration of the biennial budget and capital improvement plan.
: January 1, 2014
: December 31, 2017