City Council to Review Applicants for Open Council Seat at Aug. 5 Meeting

July 30, 2019

Ferndale City Council will review applicants for an open Council position at their regular meeting on Aug. 5, 2019. The open seat is a five-month temporary position to fill the vacancy left after Councilwoman Melanie Piana's July 8 resignation; Piana vacated her seat ahead of a November 2019 mayoral run.

By City Charter, Council must appoint a replacement within 30 days of a resignation. The designated appointee will serve on Ferndale City Council through the end of the year, after which the individual elected in the November 5 election will assume the remainder-term position.

The City posted an open call for applications to be considered for the appointment, accepted between July 8 and 29. Qualifications include United State citizenship, a minimum two-year Ferndale residency status, and at least 25 years of age. The City received applications from four candidates, all of whom are qualified per Charter guidelines. The candidates are listed below with links to their applications, letters of intent, and resumes/qualifications.

Kat Bruner-James

Collin Garcia

Sherry Wells

Dennis Whittie

Applicants are invited to attend the Monday meeting and will be given the opportunity to speak briefly before City Council. Council will then review and discuss before making an appointment recommendation. As is the case for all regular City Council meetings, the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

If you have questions about the City Council appointment process or Monday’s meeting, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 248-336-4366.


Kara Sokol

Communications Director