Galactic High Commissioner Ferris was a 23rd century Federation bureaucrat. In 2267, Ferris was overseeing the delivery of medical supplies aboard the USS Enterprise to Makus III, for transshipment to the New Paris colonies.
Ferris opposed Captain Kirk's delay, in interest of exploring the Murasaki Effect, 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 would later assume 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")