City Departments

The City of Tacoma is comprised of many departments that serve its citizens with services ranging from public safety to maintenance of the streets and other infrastructures that keep the city running day after day.  Each department is listed below for you to explore.

City Attorney's Office

Elizabeth Pauli - City Attorney
The City Attorney's Office acts as legal adviser to the City Council, the City Manager, and all officers, departments, and boards for the City.

View the City's Attorney's page

City Manager's Office

T.C. Broadnax - City Manager
The role of the City Manager’s Office is to work with the City Council and City Departments to ensure effective implementation of the City's policies.

View the City Manager's page

Community and Economic Development

Ricardo Noguera - Director
The Community and Economic Development Department works to establish Tacoma as a destination city by attracting investment that builds a vibrant economy, strengthens the heart of the city, and enhances neighborhood livability.

View the Community and Economic Development Department page

Environmental Services

Mike Slevin - Director
Environmental Services protects and restores natural resources by keeping our city clean, safe, and livable through garbage and recycling pickup, wastewater treatment, household hazardous waste disposal, protection from storm water pollution, and many additional services.

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Finance Department

Andy Cherullo, Director
The Finance Department provides financial expertise and services that support the City's governing bodies in establishing strategic goals and policies and ensuring financial accountability to the citizens, businesses, taxpayers, and ratepayers.

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Fire Department

James Duggan, Fire Chief
The Tacoma Fire Department’s mission is to protect people, property, and the environment.

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Hearing Examiner

Phyllis Macleod, Director
The Office of the Hearing Examiner is charged with conducting fair and impartial administrative hearings in many types of cases identified in the Code. These include contested hearings on appeals and public hearings regarding proposed developments.

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Human Resources

Joy St. Germain, Director
The Human Resources Department assists City departments in developing and maintaining a qualified, effective, and diverse workforce. The Department also provides employment-related services to the City's employees and job applicants.

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Information Technology

Jack Kelanic, Director 
The Information Technology Department provides technology services for internal city departments and divisions.

View Information Technology's page

Municipal Court

The Tacoma Municipal Court acts as an independent and impartial branch of the City Government.  Their purpose is to promote respect for law, society, and individual rights, provide open, accessible, and effective forums for dispute resolution, resolve legal matters in a just, efficient, and timely manner, and assure the dignified and fair treatment of all parties.

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Neighborhood and Community Services

Tansy Hayward, Director 
The Neighborhood and Community Services Department works to build healthy and successful neighborhoods and households through the protection of human rights, code enforcement, community problem-solving, and indirect and direct services which include human services and services for the elderly and youth.

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Planning and Development Services

Peter Huffman, Director
The Planning and Development Services Department has representatives located in the Permit Center.  This collection of representatives includes experts for building code, land use and zoning, traffic, environmental services, private development, and right-of-way.

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Police

Don Ramsdell, Police Chief
The Tacoma Police Department’s mission is to create a safe and secure environment in which to live, work, and visit by working together with the community, enforcing the law in a fair and impartial manner, preserving the peace and order in our neighborhoods, and safeguarding our Constitutional guarantees.

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Public Assembly Facilities

Kim Bedier, Director
The Public Assembly Facilities Department oversees the management and maintenance of The Tacoma Dome, Cheney Stadium, the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center and the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, which includes the Pantages Theater, Rialto Theater, and Theater on the Square.

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Public Works

Kurtis Kingsolver
The Public Works Department and its employees focus on the safety, cleanliness, and smooth function of our streets, buildings and additional facilities.

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Tacoma Employees’ Retirement System

Monica Butler, Director
The Tacoma Employees' Retirement System (TERS) is a defined benefit plan covering employees of the City of Tacoma and other Member Public Agencies.

View the Tacoma Employees’ Retirement System's page