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Public Works Executive Profile

As Public Works Department Director for the City of Tacoma, Ramiro Chavez is responsible for the City’s facilities management and real property services, street operations and grounds maintenance, streetlights and traffic signals, capital projects, design and construction services, fleet services, parking management, active transportation and traffic safety programs, commercial vehicle enforcement, and local improvement districts. More than 300 City staff are employed with the Public Works Department, which has a 2023/2024 adopted Biennial Budget of $250 million.



The City of Tacoma Public Works Department is accredited by the American Public Works Association.  Learn more about the Department at Public Works' page.


Ramiro came from the County Manager position for Thurston County, where he oversaw the Public Works, Public Health, Social Services, and Economic Development departments. Ramiro began serving as County Manager for Thurston County in an interim capacity, starting in June 2016, and in a permanent capacity starting in February 2017. Ramiro joined the City of Tacoma as a part of his return to his passion for public works.  


With a robust background in public works, architecture, public administration, and project management, Ramiro brings both expertise and dedication to public service. From August 2014 to June 2016, Ramiro served as Public Works Director for Thurston County, where he oversaw utilities and public spaces, including transportation and parks. From September 2003 to August 2014, Ramiro served as Transportation Division Manager for Pierce County’s Public Works Department. 



  • Architecture Degree, Central University of Ecuador


  • American Public Works Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • International City/County Management Association
  • Project Management Institute

Registrations and Certifications

  • Professional Engineer (Washington)
  • Program Management Professional



Ramiro A. Chavez, P.E. PgMP

Public Works Director/City Engineer