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Environmental Services Executive Profile

As director of the Environmental Services Department, Michael P. Slevin III manages and operates three utilities for the City of Tacoma. Wastewater, Surface Water and Solid Waste utilities employ over 500 personnel with a biennial operating and capital budget of more than $380 million and total fund assets of $700 million.

Slevin has participated in and led several major capital projects during his 18 years as a City of Tacoma employee including: Foss Waterway superfund cleanup, Tacoma Landfill superfund cleanup, The Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center construction, Central Wastewater treatment plant upgrades, Center for Urban Waters construction and Pacific Plaza redevelopment.

Additionally, Slevin has managed several major sustainable programs and initiatives such as Food Waste collection, Every Other week Garbage Collection, TAGRO Biosoilds, Community Gardens, Stormwater Low Impact Development, Compressed Natural Gas Alternative Fuels, and the Open Space program.

Slevin graduated with a bachelor of science degree Summa Cum Laude in Civil Engineering from Washington State University, and a masters of business administration from the University of Washington. He is a licensed professional civil engineer in Washington state, a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, a graduate of the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School Water and Wastewater Leadership Center. He was recently named as a Public Works Leadership Fellow by the American Public Works Association, and is an Urban Land Institute Daniel Rose Fellow.

Slevin recently retired from the Washington Army National Guard after 28 years of active and reserve service where he served as an Airborne Sapper qualified Explosive Ordnance Disposal Engineer officer. He has completed three overseas combat tours - Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan - and was awarded two Bronze Star medals for his actions during combat deployments. His military experience adds robust communication, leadership and problem solving skills to his management experience.

It is Slevin's passion and goal to help redevelop and prepare Tacoma for the next century while protecting and restoring our community’s abundant natural resources such as the Puget Sound, by instituting sound financially responsible sustainable development and infrastructure programs and projects.



  • M.B.A., University of Washington Tacoma
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Washington State University
  • Water and Wastewater Leadership Center Graduate, University of North Carolina


Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
  • National Association of Clean Water Agencies
  • Solid Waste Association of North America
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Water Environment Federation
  • American Public Works Association
  • Bates Technical College Foundation Board
  • American Society of Civil Engineers

Mike Slevin

Michael P. Slevin III, P.E.

Environmental Services Director