Ferris opposed Captain Kirk's delay in favor of exploring Murasaki 312 instead, a mission Kirk had standing orders to conduct. Ferris was insensitive to the loss of the shuttlecraft Galileo, continuously citing the importance of his mission. Ferris later assumed authority over the mission, granted to him under Title 15 of Galactic Emergency Procedures. However, Kirk did not abandon the Galileo crew entirely, and without Ferris noticing, rescued the Galileo crew. (TOS: "The Galileo Seven")
Commissoner Ferris was played by actor John Crawford.
In the script of "The Galileo Seven", Ferris was described as "a distinguished looking civilian".
In a memo NBC Manager of Film Programming Stanley Robertson wrote to Gene Roddenberry (dated 13 September 1966), Robertson commented, "I like the idea of introducing Commissioner Ferris into the story. It gives us a link with Earth and the fact that there is a higher body to which Captain Kirk is responsible."