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FAQs and Information

Access Employee Self Service Anywhere

You can log-on to Employee Self Service (ESS) from any computer with an internet connection to update your family members and dependents, contact information, beneficiaries, deferred compensation contribution, plus many additional options. You can also access benefit plan information, tools and resources that are available to you and your family. 

Employee Benefits Guide
1095 and Your Taxes
Who to Contact


How to Make Changes in Employee Self Service (ESS)

How to Change Dependent Social Security Numbers in ESS
How to Change Your Life Insurance Beneficiaries in ESS
How to Change Your Deferred Compensation Contributions in ESS
How to Change Your Address in ESS

Employee Communications

2017 Midyear Benefits Newsletter

Benefits Enrollment Sessions

Benefit eligible employees are required to attend an enrollment and information session in order to sign up for City benefits. Permanent employees accomplish this through the semi-weekly New Employee Orientation (NEO) sessions scheduled through the Training and Development Division of Human Resources. If you are a Temporary Employee, please refer to the schedule below for your benefits orientation session.

Benefits Enrollment Schedule 2017 - Temporary Employees Only

Submit Forms to the Benefits Office

  • Scan/email to benefits@cityoftacoma.org
  • In person at the Tacoma Municipal Building or Tacoma Public Utilities
  • Interoffice mail to Human Resources/Benefits TMB 1420

Questions and Comments

Contact the Benefits Team at (253) 573-2345 or via email at benefits@cityoftacoma.org.


Our Staff

Vanessa Peterson - Human Resources Specialist

Diane Peterson - Human Resources Specialist

Cindy Farmer - Human Resources Specialist

Shannon Hoffman - Human Resources Specialist

Karen Short - Sr Human Resources Analyst

Sandy Davis - Sr Human Resources Analyst, FMLA/Reasonable Accommodation

Shannon Carmody - Wellness Coordinator

Kari Louie - Benefits Manager


Contact Us

(253) 573-2345