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Mayor proposes adding 13 officers to Federal Way police force

As Federal Way sees a recent uptick in crime, the mayor is asking the Federal Way City Council to approve adding 13 more officer positions to the city’s police force. The mayor’s recommendation was presented Sept. 21, suggesting that the Federal Way City Council approve to add 13 officers to the police department. The approval would increase the city’s police force from 137 to 150 authorized officers. Read More

Mayor wants bigger police force in Federal Way as crime mounts

“I think it's fair to say that we have had a completely unacceptable increase in violence in our community,” said Mayor Jim Ferrell, who along with Chief Andy Hwang want to add 13 more officers to the police department for a total sworn staff of 150 officers. In addition, their proposed safety plan calls for providing take-home patrol cars as well as recruitment bonuses. Read More

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New memorial in Federal Way honors military veterans

A new memorial is sitting atop the Town Center Steps in Federal Way, honoring service members from all branches of the military.... “In the United States of America, we must never forget that there is much more that unites us than will ever divide us,” Ferrell said. “The men and women who we dedicate this monument to remember that every day. No matter their race or creed, orientation or faith, when they wear the uniform of our country, they do so with pride, unified in the mission before them.” Read More

Former hotel in Federal Way could soon house Afghan refugees

A former hotel, now owned by King County, could soon be used to temporarily house Afghan refugees.
Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell said he received a call from King County Executive Dow Constantine, asking if he would be open to the idea of welcoming refugees into his city.
“My immediate response was, ‘Yes, of course,’” Ferrell said Friday.
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Diversity pride flag flying at Federal Way City Hall throughout June

“They’re more than just symbols,” said Mayor Jim Ferrell, who donned a purple tie for the occasion. “Collectively, they confirm our commitment to action and to change.” In the Federal Way City Council and mayor’s proclamation declaring June 2021 as Pride Month in the city, “the city of Federal Way cherishes the value and dignity of each person and appreciates the importance of equality and freedom,” it reads in part. Read More

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Federal Way Mayor seeking re-election

“Over the past year, we have seen Federal Way unite in support of our small business community, stand together to demand social justice and accountability in policing, as well as to find compassionate solutions for homelessness and affordable housing,” Ferrell said. “I am humbled and gratified by the spirit and commitment of the people of this city, and pledge to keep doing my part as we rebuild our economy, step up to improve public safety, and invest in Federal Way’s future.” Read More

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Federal Way flags will be flown at half-staff to honor COVID victims

“Federal Way, like communities worldwide has felt the devastating impacts caused by the global pandemic,” Ferrell said in a news release. “Locally, we have lost 92 of our neighbors to this terrible virus. Please join me in honoring the lives of those who left us all too soon.” Read More

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Federal Way City Council, Mayor celebrate Black History Month with proclamation

Black History Month was established in 1962 by Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, encouraging unity and promoting American ideal of equal education, social and economic opportunities for all people, according to the proclamation signed by Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell and the Federal Way City Council members. Read More