Federal Way mayor meets with staff for first time

Mayor Jim Ferrell speaks with Deputy Police Chief Andy Hwang during a staff meeting on Monday.  - Chris carrel, City of Federal Way
Mayor Jim Ferrell speaks with Deputy Police Chief Andy Hwang during a staff meeting on Monday.
— image credit: Chris carrel, City of Federal Way

Starting off his first full week as Federal Way mayor, Jim Ferrell met Monday with city staff in an all-city meeting to introduce the new management structure and discuss his administration’s priorities for the new year.

Most important, though, was the opportunity to talk with the men and women who are on the front lines of serving the Federal Way community.

“This is a service delivery organization, whether it’s providing public safety, good streets or quality parks, and we will be pursuing excellence together every day,” Ferrell said.

In addition to Monday’s meeting, Ferrell will spend time monthly in each department observing the operational logistics of providing city services.

The city of Federal Way employs 304 employees across 11 departments.

The mayor introduced staff to the new management structure, with Police Chief Brian Wilson assigned to take the role of chief of staff on Jan. 20.

Deputy Police Chief Andy Hwang will assume the role of interim police chief on Jan. 16.

The mayor also discussed upcoming new initiatives, including a series of town hall meetings to be held throughout the city and moving the downtown AMC site mixed-use development forward.


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