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Human Resources Executive Profile

City Manager Elizabeth Pauli appointed Gary Buchanan Human Resources Director on July 18, 2017. As Human Resources Director, Mr. Buchanan is responsible for overseeing services provided to City of Tacoma departments including employee recruitment, selection, and hiring; employee benefits; labor relations; risk management and safety; training and organizational development; and employee performance management.
Mr. Buchanan joined the City of Tacoma in February 2017 as Interim Human Resources Department Director. He has more than 25 years of human resources leadership experience in both the private and public sectors.  Previously, he served as Human Resources and Development Director for the Port of Seattle, Human Resources Regional Manager for Milgard Windows and Chief Human Resources Officer for Port Blakely. Additionally, he served in the United States Navy for 30 years, retiring at the rank of Captain. 



B.S., Westminster College, 1983

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Gary Buchanan

Human Resources Director