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City Council Reappoints Elizabeth Pauli as City Manager

City Council Reappoints Elizabeth Pauli as City Manager


May 14, 2019



Tanisha Jumper, Media and Communications, tjumper@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5152

Stacy Ellifritt, Media and Communications, stacy.ellifritt@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2005


City Council Reappoints Elizabeth Pauli as City Manager


The Tacoma City Council has reappointed Elizabeth Pauli to the position of City Manager. Pauli started serving as Tacoma's Interim City Manager in February 2017 until she was appointed to an initial two-year term as City Manager in May 2017.


“In her role as City Manager, Elizabeth Pauli has demonstrated a commitment to transparency, equity, and excellence while administering all day-to-day functions at the City,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. “Her insightful guidance, long-range vision, and continued leadership are essential to making quality decisions that move Tacoma forward.”


City Manager Pauli oversees a staff of more than 2,200, and a biennial General Government budget of $2.2 billion, of which $515.6 million is allocated to the General Fund. Tacoma has a population of approximately 213,500 and is the third largest city in Washington state.


Prior to her appointment as City Manager, Pauli served as Tacoma's City Attorney. She first joined the City of Tacoma in May 1998, and served as Chief Assistant City Attorney. She was appointed Acting City Attorney in 2004, and was named City Attorney in 2005. Prior to joining the City of Tacoma, she was a partner at McGavick Graves, a well-established law firm in Tacoma. 


A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, Pauli also has Bachelor of Science degrees in education and social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys.