City Council to Review Applicants for Open Mayoral Seat at Sept. 9 Meeting

September 5, 2019

Ferndale City Council will review applicants for the City's open Mayoral position at their regular meeting on Sept. 9, 2019. The open seat is a four-month temporary position to fill the vacancy left after Mayor David Coulter's resignation; Coulter vacated his seat following his appointment to the position of Oakland County Executive.

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

The City posted an open call for applications to be considered for the appointment, accepted between Aug. 19 and Sept. 3. Qualifications include United State citizenship, a minimum two-year Ferndale residency status, and at least 25 years of age. The City received applications from five 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.

Melinda Cupples

Daniel Martin

Melanie Piana

Brian Stawowy

Sherry Wells

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 Mayoral appointment process or Monday’s meeting, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 248-336-4366.


Kara Sokol

Communications Director