The new guy takes seat on City Council


Staff writer

The Federal Way City Council started off its new year Wednesday by swearing in new member Jim Ferrell and returning members Jack Dovey, Michael Park and Dean McColgan.

“It is truly an honor to sit in front of you and be on this council,” Ferrell told the audience during a ceremony and meeting that were delayed 24 hours by Tuesday’s snowstorm.

Ferrell echoed his new colleagues’ praises of the city’s leadership under city manager David Moseley, the assistant city managers and other city staff members.

Ferrell, who defeated 14-year incumbent Mary Gates in last November’s election, added that he seeks the public’s input. He said “city government functions best with the peoples’ vote.”

Wife Wendy and brother Phil, among other family members, were present when Ferrell acknowledged his family’s support and thanked them.

McColgan was unanimously elected mayor by the rest of the council for 2004-05. He served as deputy mayor the last two years.

Duties of Federal Way’s mayor include representing the city at official functions and appointing council members for various committees. The job is part-time, and as mayor McColgan will make $16,500 annually.

The new deputy mayor, Lisa Kochmar, who was also voted to the position unanimously by her council colleagues, will make $12,900 per year. The other five council members make the same amount.

“It’s truly an honor and a privilege to be mayor of Federal Way,” McColgan said. “I feel like I’ve been given the quarterback job of an all-star team. I would match this (city) staff up against any staff in the state.”

He praised the work of Gates and Councilwoman Jeanne Burbidge, the most recent mayor.

McColgan ended his acceptance speech by acknowledging his family’s support.

“I also realize that none of our jobs get done without the support of our family. Family is very important to me, and I continue to make them my number one priority,” he said.

McColgan, who ran unopposed for re-election last year (as did Dovey and Park), said that as the city faces upcoming challenges in the next two years –– including the budget, zoning issues, the new city hall and the construction of the new community center –– he’ll make sure to consider everyone’s opinions.

He added that he will stress “the importance of teamwork, communication and respect” as mayor.

He said he wants to make the city a place to live, work and play.

“Remember, this is our community,” he said.

Staff writer Elizabeth Ciepiela: 925-5565,

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