In 1973, Ferd became a State Certified Assessor and served at various times as the Tax Assessor for the Towns of Hartwick, Pittsfield and Otsego, as well as for the Village of Cooperstown. Through the years he attended and successfully completed many courses in assessing and appraising at Cornell University, the most important of which he took in 1978. In 1983, he obtained status as a professional assessor, and in 1987 was granted the designation of Stated Certified Assessor Professional by the State of New York State Board of Equalization and Assessment. He also attended many training sessions of the Conference on Assessment Administration sponsored by the New York State Assessors’ Association Inc., (of which he was a member) including those on campground appraisal, one family home appraisal, advanced farm appraisal and assessment administration. The number of certificates he earned through the years could easily fill the walls in one room — he was truly dedicated to his role as an assessor. In 1992, Ferd was the recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation Award from the Otsego County Assessors’ Association — which he served as president of for 20 years — the text of which best sums up his loyalty to the profession: “His efforts of providing the assistance and support to the assessment community in the County of Otsego are to be highly commended.”
For 20 years, Ferd sat on the board of the Otsego Rural Housing Association, during which time he rarely missed a meeting. It has been said that he always voiced his opinion and never missed a chance for an argument.
In his spare time, he was an avid bowler, playing with leagues in Cooperstown and Milford.
An active Rotarian, Ferd joined the Cooperstown Rotary Club in May of 1982. A Paul Harris Fellow, he held a perfect attendance record for 30 years until his failing health and inability to attend meetings compelled the club to make him an Honorary Member just this past year.