Ferndale’s city manager will have a lot more on his plate, thanks to the approval of a charter amendment by voters on November 2. The charter amendment was approved by 52% of voters and gives the city manager oversight over the city’s fire department, police department and city clerk’s office. Formerly, the part-time city council was in charge of overseeing those departments.
Similar measures were rejected in 1999 and 2000. City Manager Robert Bruner expects the change to streamline the process of managing the city’s functions and affairs. Ferndale residents are unlikely to notice any discernible changes in their day-to-day lives due to the newly amended charter.