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Ferndale Police Begin Safety Emphasis near School Zones


Ferndale Police Begin Safety Emphasis near School Zones

To remind Ferndale residents to drive carefully near our schools, Ferndale patrol officers will be conducting a safety emphasis over the next couple of months. Officers will be located on or near school property with their lights on to encourage safer driving in school zones.
“We’ve tried being stealthy and writing some tickets and folks continue to go way too fast near our schools,” said Chief Kevin Turner. “We are hoping the flashing lights will do the trick.”
“So if you see one of our patrol vehicles lit up near a school, do not be alarmed,” said Turner, “but do ease off on that accelerator.”
School zones often have pedestrians that may not be aware of passing vehicles. Drivers are encouraged to keep their eyes open and be ready to stop.

Ferndale Launches Online Open House and Survey to Develop ADA Transition Plan

Ferndale Launches Online Open House and Survey to Develop ADA Transition Plan

The City of Ferndale is in the process of developing an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Transition Plan to guide when and where mobility improvements need to be made. City staff are conducting an inventory of current pedestrian facilities throughout the entire city to find gaps in and barriers to accessibility.

To assist with this effort, the City is hosting an online open house and community survey to gather input from residents as to what needs to be improved. Regardless of whether or not someone has difficulty moving through Ferndale, the City wants to hear their voice as part of this process. 

Online open house and survey are available here: www.cityofferndale.org/FerndaleADA

Girders Arrive at Thornton Overpass Site

You may have seen the arrival of several girders for the Thornton Overpass project yesterday.
These concrete structures provide the primary support for the bridge and are a critical component for the final construction. Each girder weighs a little less than 130,000 lbs – that’s almost as heavy as the space shuttle, two bulldozers or eighty-five cows!
Thank you for your patience on the roads as the girders make their way through our city. You can find more information and a live webcam of the project at www.cityofferndale.org/Thornton

Ferndale Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Star Park Vandalism Suspects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferndale Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Star Park Vandalism Suspects

The Ferndale Police Department is looking for assistance identifying any people responsible for the damage done to the Star Park restroom and shelter over the weekend.  Sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, the soap dispenser and towel dispenser were both destroyed, two trash cans were damaged and will need to be replaced, along with other miscellaneous damage. Ferndale Public Works has estimated the repairs and cleanup will cost around $3,000.  If you have any information regarding this incident, we are asking you contact the Ferndale Police Department at Contact@ferndalepd.org.

Now Hiring: Recruit or Lateral Police Officer

Now Hiring: Recruit or Lateral Police Officer

The Ferndale Police Department consists of 22 commissioned officers and 5 support personnel.  Ferndale is a vibrant community of over 15,000 people located on the Interstate 5 corridor, approximately 6 miles north of Bellingham and 13 miles south of the Canadian border.

  • 4 Ten-Hour Shifts per week (Mon-Thu or Thu-Sun) with Night Shift Premium Pay
  • Thursday Crossover Training Days
  • Premium Pay for Specialized Positions (Detectives, SWAT, Firearms, Active Shooter, EVOC, Tac Med, Less Lethal, FTO)
  • Paid Vacation, Holiday, and Sick Leave
  • Medical/Dental/Vision
  • Education Incentive
  • Longevity Pay
  • Clothing Allowance
  • LEOFF 2 Retirement/Washington Deferred Compensation Program
  • Take-Home Vehicle
  • Lateral Police Officers start at up to Year 5 pay schedule DOE

Application: Support Services Supervisor Debbie Wharton at:  DWharton@ferndalepd.org

 

2023 Police Officer Monthly Salary
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8
$6,770 $6,972 $7,252 $7,544 $8,019 $8,139 $8,261 $8,426

Brief Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Arrest of Ferndale Suspect

Brief Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Arrest of Ferndale Suspect 

On 10/18/2022 at approximately 1:30 pm, Ferndale Police were advised that Jade Garza was in the 5300 block of LaBounty Dr in Ferndale, WA.

Ferndale Police were aware that Jade Garza was wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant and that he was known to carry a firearm.

As law enforcement arrived in the area, Jade Garza fled in a vehicle.  The vehicle was subsequently located in the 2300 block of Douglas Rd.  Officers were able to observe Jade Garza in an apartment that law enforcement knew to be Garza’s residence.

Due to the severity of the warrant and Garza known to be armed, traffic to the area was blocked off and additional officers were called in.  Once the area was secured, police were able to communicate with Garza.  With the assistance of family members, Jade Garza eventually agreed to surrender without incident.

Multiple agencies responded to this incident, including the Ferndale Police Department, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol, and other agencies.

Ferndale Cuts Ribbon on Expanded Wastewater Treatment Facility

Ferndale Cuts Ribbon on Expanded Wastewater Treatment Facility

Elected officials, city staff and contractors gathered Thursday afternoon to cut the ribbon at Ferndale’s newly expanded Wastewater Treatment Facility. The new facilities include additional capacity to receive and process wastewater that should accommodate the city’s growing population and a new laboratory and testing facility to ensure all relevant water quality standards are met.

Guests toured the new headworks, grit and aeration basins, clarifiers and UV disinfection facilities that make up the Wastewater Treatment process.

“This is the largest capital project the City of Ferndale has undertaken and I am proud to see it up and running,” said Mayor Greg Hansen.

The project was designed by Wilson Engineering, constructed by McClure and Sons, and overseen by City staff. For more details on Ferndale’s utilities, see www.cityofferndale.org/water. Additional photos of the event available on the City’s facebook page here.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Oct. 10th, 2022

Jason LaClair installs a third mural honoring the Coast Salish people on the Pioneer Pavilion

Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Oct. 10th, 2022

Today, we recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This is an opportunity to honor the resilience and immense contributions Native Americans have made to Ferndale’s past, present and future. We stand on the ancestral homelands of Coast Salish peoples, who have lived by and on the Salish Sea since time immemorial, and acknowledge the shaping hand of Indigenous Peoples’ on the course of history.

On this day, we ask all residents to take a moment to reflect on our relationship with tribal nations and indigenous cultures including the Coast Salish people and beyond, and how we can all continue to celebrate these lands, and the people who make them so special.