Dave Coulter has been Mayor of Ferndale since January 2011. Prior to that, he represented Ferndale, Hazel Park, and Royal Oak as Oakland County Commissioner for four terms (2002-2010), where he also served as Democratic Leader.
Coulter has been active on many community projects. He worked with the late Gerry Kulick as a Council-appointed member of the Community Center Task Force that resulted in the center that bears her name. He was also a member of the Human Rights Ordinance Committee in 1999, and was a Trustee on the Ferndale Library Board in 2004-05, beginning the work that eventually led to the library’s expansion.
As mayor, Coulter has worked to strengthen ties to the business community through the creation of the Mayor's Business Council. He created the Blue Ribbon Commission of Ferndale Parks to upgrade the City’s parks through grants and private funds. He also instituted a multi-year budgeting process to force departments to look further ahead to economic challenges facing the City.
Coulter earned a B.A. in Social Science from Michigan State University, and an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Formerly a civil engineering draftsman and public school teacher, Coulter worked for 13 years in public affairs at Michigan Consolidated Gas Company and served as executive director of the nonprofit Michigan AIDS Fund. He is currently the program officer for the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation. He enjoys college sports (especially the Spartans), travel, golf, and roller coasters.
Ferndale City Hall
300 E. Nine Mile Rd.
Ferndale, MI 48220