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City Manager Executive Profile

Elizabeth Pauli was appointed as the Interim City Manager effective February 6, 2017, until such time as the City Council recruits and selects a City Manager.  As Interim City Manager, Ms. Pauli is the Chief Executive Officer for the City of Tacoma government, overseeing a staff of more than 2,000 and a biennial General Government budget of over $1.9 billion, which includes a General Fund budget of $4.6 million.  Tacoma has a population of approximately 208,000 residents, and is the third largest city in Washington state.

Prior to her appointment as Interim City Manager, Ms. Pauli was the City Attorney for the City of Tacoma,  and was responsible for all legal matters of the City of Tacoma.  She managed the operations of three divisions:  Civil Division, Prosecution Division, and Clerk’s Office.

Ms. Pauli joined the City of Tacoma in May 1998, and served as Chief Assistant City Attorney. She was appointed Acting City Attorney in 2004, and was named City Attorney in 2005.  Prior to joining the City of Tacoma, she was a partner at McGavick Graves, a well-established law firm in Tacoma.  

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, Ms. Pauli also has Bachelor of Science degrees in education and social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ms. Pauli is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys. 

A mother and grandmother who lives in Tacoma with her husband, Dave, Ms. Pauli enjoys tandem bicycling and running the trails near her mountain cabin.  She is an active volunteer with her church and in many local community service activities.

Education

  • Juris Doctor cum laude from University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, 1987
  • Bachelor of Science degrees in education and social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981
  • University of Washington Professional Mediator Skills Training Certificate Program, 1996

Membership/Affiliation 

  • Washington State Bar Association 
  • Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys 

photo of Elizabeth Pauli

Elizabeth Pauli

Interim City Manager