DAVE COULTER became the 17th Mayor of Ferndale in 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. Prior to being Mayor, Coulter had 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.
As Mayor, Coulter brought a multi-year budgeting process to city government to help anticipate financial issues sooner. He created the successful Mayor’s Business Council to help spur economic development and job creation in the city’s commercial/industrial sector, and his Blue Ribbon Committee on Ferndale Parks helped identify and prioritize much-need improvements in neighborhood parks. In 2014, he became the first Mayor in Michigan to perform same-sex weddings.
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, which raised funds for HIV prevention education. He is currently Senior Program Officer for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. He enjoys college sports (especially the Spartans!), travel, golf and roller coasters.