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Now Hiring – Code Compliance Officer

The City is now hiring a Code Compliance Officer.

This entry-level position acts as the primary contact for enforcement of civil violations and/or complaints related to the Ferndale Municipal Code. The code compliance officer is responsible for investigating complaints, initiating code enforcement activities, and processing violations to point of resolution. The code compliance officer focuses on land use, building, public works, and nuisance violations.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Now Hiring – Public Works Program Specialist

The City of Ferndale is now hiring a full-time Public Works Program Specialist.

This is a highly responsible administrative position that reports directly to the Public Works Project Manager. Must be knowledgeable in many aspects of organizational and operational processes and programs in order to support ongoing functions of the department. Responsible for the timely production of a variety of projects as assigned. Requires considerable familiarity with Public Works administration, capital project documentation, financial practices, analysis, procedures, and public relations. Work must be executed with precision, confidentiality, minimum supervision, and with exercise of independent judgment.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Found Ring

Have you misplaced your ring? If so, contact Michelle with the Ferndale Police Department at 360-483-5745 to describe and claim your property.

EXTENDED Notice of Traffic Revision and Possible Delays: Monday, October 30th – Friday, December 15th, 2023

EXTENDED W Smith Rd will be CLOSED to through traffic between Barrett Rd and Northwest Dr

October 30th – December 15th (estimated)

The closure of W Smith Rd has been extended. Much of the remaining work is weather dependent and the forecast for next week does not look promising. We are hoping to complete work during the next stretch of dry days.

Expect longer commute times and delays as W Smith Rd. will be CLOSED to through traffic between Barrett Rd. and Northwest Dr. beginning on Monday, October 30th. Barricades will be in place at four intersections as shown on the graphic. Through traffic will detour via Barrett Rd, Main St/Axton Rd, and Northwest Dr. Residents and businesses inside the closure zone will be able to access their homes and businesses. The closure is in effect 7 day per week, 24 hours a day for the duration of the project.

This closure is for work associated with the City of Ferndale’s Pump Station 15 Decommissioning Project.

If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact the Ferndale Public Works Department at 360-384-4006 or review the Pump Station 15 Decommissioning page on the City of Ferndale website.

Thornton Overpass Grand Opening Event December 2, 2023

Thornton Overpass Grand Opening Event – Connecting Ferndale

Please join the City of Ferndale and project partners on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, to celebrate the Thornton Street Overpass with a Grand Opening Event.

The event will begin with an Open House on the Thornton Overpass Bridge at 12:00 PM where guests can chat with the project team, check out City and County transportation vehicles with a special public vehicle showcase, and take in the incredible views before the road opens to public traffic.

At 1:00 PM, there will be a short ribbon cutting celebration, followed by a motorcade of City and County vehicles led by Ferndale Mayor, Greg Hansen. The Overpass will open at 3:00 PM to public traffic.

Walk, bike, skateboard, or sled to join us for this family-friendly celebration in reconnecting our city!

Please note that the Thornton Overpass will be closed to traffic during the event. Event parking will be along Thornton on each end of the new bridge.  Please enter from either the Portal Way/Second Avenue roundabout or Malloy Avenue and park along the curb. The City will have staff members directing traffic to assist with parking.


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM     Open House and Public Vehicle Showcase

1:00 PM                            Speeches and Ribbon Cutting Celebration

1:20 PM                             Motorcade

3:00 PM                            Overpass opens to traffic!

Parking information:

For guests with limited mobility, we will have a section of parking on the West end of the bridge, as close to the bridge as possible, just past the Malloy intersection as you make your way to Samson Rope. We will have City Staff assisting with parking, please let them know if you need one of these spots. Please note, parking is limited. If you would like to reserve one of these spots, please email Communications and Community Relations Officer, Megan Juenemann or call 360-685-2353. Also, at each of end of the bridge, we will have a shuttle for guests with limited mobility. Please ask City Staff for assistance or look for the shuttle signs located at the barriers at each end of the bridge.


Ferndale Police Department Accredited for Highest Professional Standards of Policing

Pictured left to right:  Lt. John VanderYacht; Lt. Travis Card; Lt. Matt Huffman; Chief Kevin Turner; Sheriff Kevin Morris (WASPC President)

November 21, 2023
Contact: Megan Juenemann
(360) 685-2353


(Ferndale, WA) — The Ferndale Police Department has successfully completed a rigorous
accreditation program that certifies it is operating under best practices and standards for law
enforcement. The program is administered by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police
Chiefs (WASPC) and involves an eight-phase process over several months. It is a professional,
objective, and demanding audit that examines best practices, accountability, organizational
discipline, and performance.

“We are extremely proud to be accredited by WASPC,” said Ferndale Chief of Police, Kevin Turner.
“It means our department has achieved the highest professional standards for policing, to ensure
and improve upon public trust.”

Benefits of accreditation include administrative and operational effectiveness, fair recruitment and
employment practices, better records management, improved use of technology, health and safety,
training, codes of conduct and prisoner security, among other important law enforcement tasks.

“The Ferndale Police Department has worked hard to obtain this achievement,” said Steven
Strahan, WASPC Executive Director. “The community should be proud of local law enforcement for
taking direct and tangible steps to earn the public’s confidence in their operations.”

WASPC was founded in 1963 and represents executive and top management personnel from law
enforcement agencies statewide. With more than 900 members, it includes the 39 elected county
sheriffs, and 240 police chiefs, as well as the Washington State Patrol, the Washington Department
of Corrections, and representatives of several federal agencies.

For more information, please contact the City of Ferndale’s Communications and Community
Relations Officer, Megan Juenemann at (360) 685-2353 or


EAGLE Board Vacancy

The City currently has an opening on the EAGLE Board. The EAGLE Board works constructively with applicants in order to approve proposed EAGLE checklists, mitigation measures, and associated points based on the City’s EAGLE Program. EAGLE Board members shall be appointed upon the basis of demonstrated interest in, and knowledge and support of, two or more of the five primary elements of the EAGLE program when applied to land development and/or construction: Environmental Efficiency, Advanced Technologies, Greater Good, Low Impact, and Local Economy.

The EAGLE Board meets on an as-needed basis. This appointment is for a four-year term, expiring April 30, 2027.

To apply, please complete an application and send it to Administrative Services Director Susan Duncan,  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2023.


Parks, Recreation, and Trails Advisory Board Vacancy

The City has a number of Boards and Commissions that work to advise the City Council on a broad array of subjects. These are volunteer positions but absolutely essential to providing quality input to the City’s decision-making process.

There is currently one vacancy on the Parks, Recreation, and Trails Advisory Board (PRTAB). This term expires August 31, 2027. The PRTAB assesses the community’s parks and recreational facilities, programs, needs and costs, and makes recommendations to the City Council for the care, management, supervision, and improvements to City parks. The PRTAB also provides input related to the updating of the City’s Parks Master Plan.

To apply for this position, please complete this application and email it to City Clerk Susan Duncan at Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2023.