Dave Coulter appointed as new Ferndale mayor

By: Jeremy Selweski | Online Only | Published January 25, 2011

Former Oakland County Commissioner Dave Coulter will become the city’s next mayor after the City Council selected him ahead of two other candidates.

The Jan. 24 decision was unanimous by the council, which has been down to four members since former Mayor Craig Covey’s resignation on Dec. 28. Covey was elected to the county board in November and now occupies Coulter’s former seat.

Coulter beat out former Mayor Bob Porter and newcomer Michelle Foster for the mayor position and will serve until the end of the year. He may also choose to run for mayor during the city’s next election in November, which will open the job up to other candidates.

At the meeting, all three applicants gave presentations introducing themselves to the community and fielded questions from the council.

“I’m just corny enough to think that public service is a noble calling,” Coulter told the audience. “I’ve enjoyed my eight years on the County Commission very, very much, and I left that position reluctantly. The opportunity to continue to serve is … a great privilege for me.”

Coulter, 50, has been a resident of Ferndale for the past 20 years. In addition to his work with the county, he serves on the board of the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency and Community Health nonprofit groups and is a former member of the Ferndale Public Library Board of Trustees and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.

Prior to his political career, Coulter held jobs as a civil engineering draftsman and public school teacher. He also worked for 13 years in public affairs at the Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. and as executive director of the Michigan AIDS Fund. Currently, he works as a part-time consultant in public relations and marketing.

Coulter will be officially sworn in as Ferndale’s mayor at the next City Council meeting on Feb. 14.