Meet Ferndale's City Council:
| Mayor - Dave
2012 State of the City Address
Expires: 12-31-2013>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. In 2011 he started the Ferndale Head
Start Backpack Program, which provides a new backpack and school
supplies for the city’s low-income pre-school students.
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. He was a
civil engineering draftsman and public school teacher, and
worked for 13 years in Public Affairs at Michigan Consolidated
Gas Company. Coulter was also the former Executive Director of
the non-profit Michigan AIDS Fund. He enjoys college sports
(especially the Spartans), travel, golf and roller coasters.
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|Mayor Pro Tem
Melanie is a lifelong Michigander, the last 6 years of which she
has spent living and working in Ferndale with her husband, Jim.
She has worked tirelessly at the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, a
Ferndale-based non-profit organization dedicated to regional
collaboration, redevelopment in inner-ring suburbs and energy
Melanie graduated from Albion College in 1995, where she earned
her bachelor’s degree in Communications and German. Melanie is a
certified project manager (PMP), a distinction she earned during
the years she was affiliated with the auto industry. In 2008,
Melanie received her Masters in Urban Planning from Wayne State
For the past six years, Melanie has served Ferndale as a
volunteer on the Business Development Committee at the Ferndale
Downtown Development Authority. In 2007, Melanie was honored as
the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority Volunteer of the
Year. She also served as a volunteer member of the Board of
Zoning Appeals and will continue her involvement as a
councilmember liaison to this board. Melanie loves to travel,
bicycle and discover urban spaces. Melanie currently
serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals; City Manager and Fire
Chief Liaison Committees; Ferndale Community Foundation and the
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).
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Mayor Pro-Tem: 2002-2003, 2008-2010
dedicated his professional career to public service. As a
trial attorney he assists working people in consumer, real
estate and construction matters. Scott previously
volunteered as an attorney at Oakland Livingston Legal Aid and
the Community Legal Clinic where he helped the less fortunate
with their legal problems.
A 1987 graduate of Ferndale high School, Scott studied history
at the University of Michigan and law at Indiana University.
During college Scott served as an intern on Capitol Hill for
Senator Carl Levin. While in law school he worked on
Habitat for Humanity projects, served as a judicial clerk for
the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit, and was a law clerk for
the International of the United Auto Workers union.
Before his election to City Council, Scott served on the City of
Ferndale Police and Fire Board and was a leader in Inter-county
Residents Achieving Regional Excellence (ICARE), a grass roots
organization that opposed the development of the State
Fairgrounds as a racetrack and amphitheatre.
On Council Scott serves on the Ordinance Committee; Finance
Committee; Brownfield Redevelopment Authority; Ferndale Public
Schools Superintendent Advisory Committee; City Clerk and Police
Chief Liaison Committees and Police and Fire Retirement System
Board of Trustees. He has previously served on the Board of
Zoning Appeals. In his free time Scott enjoys home
improvement projects as well as reading, drawing and skiing.
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Councilman Term: 2004-2011
Mayor Pro Tem: 2006-2007
A retired Police Officer for the City of Ferndale, Michael
Lennon has a history of working for the citizens of Ferndale.
While he has never before held public office, his family has
always been in the service of the City of Ferndale – father
Bernie Lennon was mayor and his brother David also served as a
city councilman. While serving as a Police Officer, Michael has
taken classes and seminars at Oakland Community College,
Michigan State and Eastern Michigan University. His interest in
being a councilman stems from a desire to maintain the high
quality of service Ferndale residents are accustomed to,
including Police, Fire, DPW, Parks & Recreation, Library, and
Senior Services. He favors a safe, viable, walking-friendly
downtown with a new parking structure to attract out of town
visitors. He would also like plans for a new combined City Hall,
Police Department and Court House developed, which he believes
can be built by pursuing grants. In addition to being on
council, Michael Lennon on the Construction Board of Appeals;
City Clerk and Police Chief Liaison Committees; Finance
Committee; Highway Committee and Ordinance Committee. He has
previously served on the Zoning Board, Brownfield Board, and the
City Manager Review Committee. You may contact Councilmember
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Councilman Dan Martin
Councilman Term: 2012-2015
Martin was elected in 2011 to his first term on City Council.
Dan is a graduate of Michigan State University and currently
attends Oakland University in their Master’s of Public
Administration program. He works as Director of Provider
Services and Communications at Blue Care Network of Michigan.
Dan is the former Chair of the Ferndale Community Foundation and
still serves on that Board. Dan also sits on the Boards of
Ferndale Youth Assistance and Michigan AIDS Coalition. Before
being elected to Council he also served on Ferndale’s Police and
Fire Board as well as the Arts Commission.
On Council Dan
serves on the Employees Retirement Board of Trustees, the Police
and Fire Retirement System Board of Trustees and the Capital
Improvement Plan Committee.
You may contact Councilmember
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