Prior to being elected Mayor of Federal Way nine years ago, Jim served for 16 years as a Senior King County Deputy Prosecutor as a leader and award winner in that office.

Mayor Jim Ferrell is reimagining how city government works to best provide quality services to residents, grow local prosperity and opportunity. He continues to build a more just, equitable, and safer community to live in.  He will take that same approach to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

Growing up with a single mom who worked two jobs to provide for their family, Jim and his twin brother learned the importance of hard work and perseverance. Jim saw firsthand the difference a good job made for his family, and the  lasting  impact that support of neighbors and community had on him and his family. That is why, as Mayor, he has always led with a strong focus on community values, safety and  has continually worked to bring jobs to Federal Way to give every neighbor a path to a fulfilling and well-paying career.

Before being elected Mayor, Jim served as a King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor, defending victims of crime and working to keep our community safe. Ferrell began his career as a prosecutor for the City of Renton, Washington before moving into the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in 1998.   

“I started as a county prosecutor under the leadership of legendary King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng. I’ve been in more trials and prosecuted more cases than my opponent. I helped create and was the first leader of the Domestic Violence Court Unit, and I served as the President of the Prosecutor’s Union.”

Ferrell won an award from the King County Sheriff’s Office for performing life-saving CPR on an opposing defense attorney and, in 2003, won an award for chasing down on foot and apprehending a defendant who had fled a courtroom. In 2000, Ferrell became the supervisor of King County’s newly created domestic violence court and later (2005–07) served two terms as the president of the King County Prosecuting Attorneys Union.

“We have all felt the impacts of surging crime in our region; and as King County Prosecutor, I will work with our regional partners to make our communities safe. I believe in second chances. I know how to use our county diversion programs effectively, while still ensuring accountability.”

As a member of the Federal Way City Council from 2003 to 2013, Jim worked to support students and schools, protect parks and greenspaces, and promote public safety. In 2009, he led the successful grassroots effort to change Federal Way’s form of government to ensure greater government accountability, convincing voters to move from a council and city manager to an elected mayor system.

Jim continues to be a strong supporter of women’s rights, is pro-choice, and as King County Prosecutor will always protect women’s freedom to make their own healthcare decisions without interference from politicians.

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Centering his mayoral agenda on local priorities, Jim has been a champion for safe communities, smart growth, and transparent government. During the pandemic, Jim has led with a public health approach, advocating for needed support for small businesses, workers, and the most vulnerable. Learn more about his accomplishments here.

A regional leader, Jim ensures Federal Way has a voice as a member of the Puget Sound Regional Council, Sound Cities Association Board of Directors, and King County Metro Services Guidelines Committee. He brings his trusted voice for public Safety to the Valley Communications 911 Board of Directors and EMS Advising Task Force. 



1987 Independence Bowl. UW vs Tulane. Huskies won 24-12!


Longtime Federal Way residents, Jim and his wife Wendy are raising their 14-year-old son in the city they call home. Jim graduated from the University of Washington and earned his law degree from Gonzaga University.

He also played as a walk on UW Husky football linebacker under Hall of Fame Coach Don James in the mid-1980’s.

After a devastating knee injury at the end of his sophomore season, Jim battled back and played for his Junior and Senior Season.

As a result of his dedication and can do attitude, Jim received the Guy Flaherty Award – the storied football program’s oldest and most prestigious recognition for inspiration. Voted on by his teammates. Jim Ferrell was the first walk on, non-starter to ever receive the award. 

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