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Hearing Examiner Executive Profile

As hearing examiner for the City of Tacoma, Phyllis Macleod oversees the processing of administrative appeals and conducts public hearings for a wide variety of cases.  Typical hearings include land use appeals, tax and licensing disputes, derelict or substandard building appeals, utility billing disputes, land use enforcement appeals, and ethics complaints.  She also conducts public hearings and makes recommendations to the City Council on matters involving the formation and assessment of Local Improvement Districts, sidewalk repair assessments and rezones. Additionally, she acts as the designee of the police chief in hearing civil forfeiture appeals arising out of the seizure of cash or property used in connection with illegal drug activity. 


She strives to provide parties a full and fair opportunity to present their arguments in the case before issuing a written decision or recommendation based upon the evidence and governing law.

Macleod joined the City in 2011 after serving as an administrative appeals judge for the State of Washington's Environmental and Land Use Hearings Office for over 17 years. Prior to her tenure at the Environmental Hearings Office, she held the position of assistant attorney general representing the Revenue Division on tax matters.  Earlier in her career, she engaged in private law practice in Tacoma and Olympia, Wash. representing clients primarily in land use and real estate matters.  She also was employed as a deputy prosecuting attorney for King County handling land use and development issues.

As a certified mediator, Macleod has assisted parties in resolving disputes for over 15 years, both as an administrative appeals judge and as a volunteer mediator for the Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center.  She has also presented continuing legal education sessions addressing administrative practice and ethics.  Her training includes courses through the National Judicial College and the Network of Adjudicatory Agencies.     


  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, summa cum laude
  • B.A., Western Washington University
  • Mediation Certification, University of Washington

Professional Memberships/Affiliations


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Hearing Examiner’s Association
  • Senior Mediator - Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center
Phyliss Macleod 

Phyllis Macleod

Hearing Examiner