EducationUniversity of Washington – Bachelor of Arts; Gonzaga University – Law Degree
OccupationMayor of Federal Way; former King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor
Statement:I am running for King County Prosecutor to return justice and accountability to this office.  As Mayor of a city of 103,000 residents, I see first-hand how the policies and actions of the prosecutor have impacted our quality of life throughout this region.We need leadership with a common-sense approach to rehabilitation and an office that partners with local officials to ensure public safety.  As Mayor, I have looked for solutions to deter crime by strengthening community and supporting working families. I believe in second chances, but not revolving doors where the same people commit the same crimes.

As an award-winning former King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor and head of the Domestic Violence Court Unit, I have tried hundreds of jury trials and handled thousands of cases.  As a Mayor, I am an experienced manager of nearly 600 employees with a budget of $100 million.

I am the only candidate who has ever tried a criminal case. The backlog of felony cases in the prosecutors office has reached crisis levels – nearly 5,000 felony cases, 500 sexual assault cases and 230 murder cases await prosecution while victims await justice.

With 19 years of experience as a prosecutor, I will utilize diversion programs to rehabilitate those who commit crime and return people to healthy and productive lives.

I ask for your vote! Endorsed by Congressman Adam Smith (D); Rep. Amy Walen (D); fmr. Rep. Kristine Reeves (D); King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer; the Mayors of Algona, Auburn, Black Diamond, Covington, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Kent, Issaquah, Maple Valley, Normandy Park, Pacific, Redmond, Renton, Tukwila; Labor unions like LiUNA Local 242, ATU 587, Seattle Building Trades, Firefighters Local 2024; Seattle King County Realtors; Police Guilds of King County, Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Federal Way, and Des Moines; and the 47th District Democrats.

I support a woman’s right to choose

Over the last week, I have had countless conversations about the Dobbs decision and the unprecedented reversal that took away the rights of millions of women throughout the U.S. I stand strong in my commitment to protect a woman’s right to choose and I support a constitutional amendment to enshrine that right in our state constitution. … Continued

Jim Ferrell Announces Candidacy for King County Prosecutor

Jim Ferrell announces for King County Prosecutor Protecting public safety by increasing accountability and transparency January 26, 2022                                                                            … Continued

Federal Way Mirror
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 toRead 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 safetyRead More

Federal Way Mirror
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 womenRead More

Federal Way Mirror
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, “theRead More

Federal Way Mirror
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 andRead More

Federal Way Mirror
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

Federal Way Mirror
“Clean Up Federal Way!” volunteer event set for Oct. 17

“Keeping our city clean and litter-free for our residents and visitors alike is one of our top priorities,” said Mayor Jim Ferrell. “I’m honored to have my policy partners on the city council playing a key role in this event and sharing in our desire to maintain clean streets and parks.Read More

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way mayor proposes 2021-22 biennial budget

“My proposed budget is one that reflects many of the priorities that I have continued to focus on throughout my six years as mayor,” Ferrell said. “This balanced budget delivers what the community expects and deserves — without raising taxes, laying off any city employees, or dipping intoRead More

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way raises pride flag for first time in city history

Ferrell noted the flag signifies love and accepting fellow neighbors, then read aloud the June 2020 Pride Month mayoral proclamation that was given to State Sen. Claire Wilson (D-District 30). “We are proud that Federal Way fosters a welcoming environment for all residents and visitorsRead More