Mayor Greg Hansen Declares State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

Mayor Greg Hansen Declares State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

Mayor Greg Hansen issued a proclamation effective immediately declaring a state of emergency related to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.  This proclamation allows the City of Ferndale to modify policies and procedures so that the City can move quickly and efficiently to address the issues arising from this virus outbreak.  

“We have been operating under a state of emergency at various levels for over two weeks.  Issuing this proclamation now is really an administrative step to allow the City to be more responsive and effective at meeting this crisis,” said Hansen. “This declaration will allow the City to expedite the purchase of needed supplies, change rules related to the use of sick leave, utilize online options for public meetings, change hours of operation at City Hall, or institute flexible work schedules for employees who need it.”

This action matches the recent declarations of emergency at the County, State and Federal level. “Our priority is to maintain the City operations and services throughout this situation. Ferndale is a fierce community and we will meet this head on,” said Hansen.

“While declaring a state of emergency is alarming to many, we are in unprecedented times,” said Hansen.  “This is not just a public health crisis but a community-wide challenge. These will be difficult times for everybody in Ferndale, but I am especially concerned for our small businesses who are taking-on a particularly significant burden as they help our community combat this health emergency.”

To read the full proclamation, click here.

The Mayor urges the public to take the following steps to help support each other during this outbreak.

  • Check on your neighbors in a safe and responsible way. Are they getting the resources, childcare and support they need? Utilizing video chat is also a great option for connecting with friends and family
  • Donate blood. Blood supplies have hit emergency levels due to COVID-19 concerns.
  • Enjoy a meal and support your Ferndale restaurants by grabbing take-out or delivery outside in the sunshine. The city is working on a directory of Ferndale restaurants that will be available at
  • Buy a gift certificate from a Ferndale business. With less foot traffic, Ferndale businesses could use the support.
  • Be active. Enjoy the parks and trails throughout Ferndale. Activity is essential to your mental and physical health.
  • Make the most of the time. Learn a new skill or pick up a hobby, maintain a routine, do art or reconnect with your loved ones.

Flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Chief Michael Knapp

Proclamation on the Death of Former Police Chief Michael Knapp

As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Michael Knapp, former police chief of the City of Ferndale who was fatally injured in the line of duty while serving the City of Lynden, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the City of Ferndale and the laws of the United States of America, that until the date of his internment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at city hall and all public buildings and grounds.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of November, in the year two thousand nineteen.

Mayor Jon Mutchler, City of Ferndale

UPDATE: Prior to issuing this proclamation, the City sought, and received, authorization from the Governor for this action. It was granted on the condition the mayor make a proclamation.

Pete and Nita Harksell Receive the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Citizenship

 Pete and Nita Harksell Receive the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Citizenship

In recognition for their years of devotion to the Ferndale community, Pete and Nita Harksell were awarded the 2019 Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Citizenship at last night’s council meeting. Lifelong residents of Ferndale, the Harksells own and operate Pete’s Auto Repair which has been in business for fifty years.

But their devotion to Ferndale extends beyond their business. Pete and Nita can be found volunteering with the local Kiwanis chapter, the Old Settlers Association, the Heritage Society and serving three terms on the board of the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Pete shares his wealth of experience with our community as a member of the Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board.

“Always kind, generous and willing to jump in and get their hands dirty to help, the Harksells exemplify what is best about Ferndale,” said Mayor Jon Mutchler.

The Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Citizenship, also called the “Fernies”, is an annual tradition from the City to recognize members of the community for their extraordinary commitment to the betterment of our city.

Mayoral Proclamation: May 7th-11th is Teacher Appreciation Week

Mayoral Proclamation

WHEREAS, teachers inspire the next generation and make it possible for kids to realize their potential; and

WHEREAS, teachers open up the world for students and provide the tools for every student to achieve their best lives and futures; and

WHEREAS, teachers dedicate their lives to students and families by working long hours preparing lessons, correcting papers, and planning for growth opportunities; and

WHEREAS, in the City of Ferndale alone, there are approximately 300 teachers employed by the Ferndale School District; and

WHEREAS, it is an honor to recognize teachers and to observe their dedication.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Jon Mutchler, Mayor of the City of Ferndale, do hereby proclaim the May 7th-11th, 2018 as:


‘Teacher Appreciation Week’

in the City of Ferndale, Washington and I urge all people in our City to join me in this special observance.

Mayoral Proclamation: February 6th, 2018 shall be “Doug Pederson Day”

Golden Eagle Doug Pederson

City of Ferndale
Mayoral Proclamation

WHEREAS, Douglas Irvin Pederson grew up in the City of Ferndale and graduated from Ferndale High School; and

WHEREAS, he served as the head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles starting in 2016; and

WHEREAS, the Eagles went 13-3 in the regular season and made it to Super Bowl LII,

WHEREAS, they defeated the Patriots 41-33, winning Super Bowl LII; and

WHEREAS, Coach Doug Pederson’s leadership was essential to that victory;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Jon Mutchler, Mayor of the City of Ferndale, do hereby proclaim the Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 as:

‘Doug Pederson Day’

in the City of Ferndale, Washington in recognition of his achievements.

Crissy Ford and Rachel Pringle to Receive Mayor’s Citizenship Award

Rachel Pringle and Crissy Ford backstage at FHS

In recognition for their years of service to the children and arts community of Ferndale, Crissy Ford and Rachel Pringle will receive the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Citizenship this year. The award recognizes those members of the Ferndale community is a new tradition to recognize members of the community for their extraordinary commitment to the betterment of our city.

Ford and Pringle have brought joy, delight and enchantment to the city in their role as theater directors with the Ferndale School District. They have put in the long hours, worked exhausting schedules and managed threadbare budgets to create incredible experiences for performers and attendees alike. Their work includes shows with the Summer Youth Theater (Honk, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man), Skyline Elementary (Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland), Vista and Horizon Middle School (Into the Woods, The Music Man, Once Upon a Mattress, Oklahoma, Little Mermaid, Bye Bye Birdie), Ferndale High School (Guys and Dolls, Cinderella), the Ferndale’s Got Talent fundraiser and more.

Currently, they are directing the upcoming production of Fiddler on the Roof, showing February 22nd through March 3rd at the Ferndale High School auditorium.

On behalf of a grateful community, the Mayor recognizes their dedication to inspiring the next generation of performers. The award will be presented to Ford and Pringle at the start of the next City Council meeting, February 5th, 6pm at the City Annex (5694 Second Avenue).

They will be the second annual recipients of the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Citizenship. In 2017, the award was presented to Jeff Callender.

Celebrating Dr. King’s Life and Legacy

Celebrating Dr. King’s Life and Legacy

Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of MLK this Monday. His message is found in the genesis of our nation’s founding, that all are created equal. We embrace that as a city and community and to help remember and reaffirm that message we post here Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech. Watch it with your family, have those sometimes challenging discussions and look for ways that you can advance that dream even farther than he hoped.

Summer Kickoff of “Ferndale Fit” May 24th Features NFL Stars

Join NFL kicker Michael Koenen, quarterback Jack Locker and Mayor Jon Mutchler for the kickoff of Ferndale Fit, a community run/walk/jog starting 5:30pm on May 24th at The Locker Room.

Ferndale Fit is a weekly all-paces run/walk/jog each Wednesday, starting and ending at the Locker Room at 1858 Main Street. Families and strollers are welcome. The weekly event is designed to promote healthy living and community. Participants begin at the Locker Room and head out along the Hovander Park trail for 20 minutes, then return.

The May 24th kickoff for this season begins with a short safety talk from Sergeant Claudia Murphy, a veteran officer of the Bellingham Police Department and avid runner.

Light healthy refreshments will be provided following the run/walk by Burk Ridge Farms and the Locker Room.

Ferndale Fit was started by Mayor Mutchler to promote healthy living and community building. For more information, call 685-2350.

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