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Human Resources Executive Profile

Interim Human Resources Director-Gary Buchanan

Gary Buchanan joined the City of Tacoma in February 2017. As the City’s Interim Human Resources Department Director, he oversees services provided to the city departments including recruitment, selection, and hiring; employee benefits; labor relations; risk management and safety; training and organizational development; and employee performance management.


Buchanan has more than 25 years of human resources leadership experience in both the private and public sectors.  Previously, he has 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, Buchanan 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

Interim Human Resources Director