After serving as the city of Federal Way’s senior policy advisor to the mayor for over two years, Yarden Weidenfeld is leaving the city.
While Mayor Jim Ferrell could not comment on the exact nature of Weidenfeld’s departure, he told the Mirror the city is currently “working out the details of his separation.” He expects the advisor’s departure from the city will be in the next week or two.
Weidenfeld could not be reached for comment.
“I want to personally thank Yarden Weidenfeld for all the hard work and goodwill he built in this community on behalf of the City of Federal Way during his tenure as my senior policy advisor,” Ferrell said in a statement on Thursday.
Ferrell noted Weidenfeld tackled a variety of multi-faceted initiatives and issues over the past two years. This includes the toxic algae bloom on Lake Jean, Industrial Realty Group’s acquisition of the former Weyerhaeuser campus, as well as airport noise and emissions, and the impact of homelessness on Federal Way.
The mayor added Weidenfeld’s in-depth and comprehensive reports shed light on the many sides of those issues, and proposed various recommendations for how the city could proceed.
“We as the City and me personally wish him good luck as he moves on to the next chapter in his professional career,” Ferrell said in the statement.
He also told the Mirror Weidenfeld’s mother lives in Rochester, New York where Weidenfeld hails from and plans to move back to in the near future to be near his family.
“He’s a great friend and he’s been a great friend to Federal Way,” Ferrell added.
The city will soon advertise for the open senior policy advisor position, which currently pays an annual salary of $118,000. The city initially created the position in November 2016, when the mayor did not fill the vacant chief of staff position as part of his executive-level reorganization.