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Public Works Executive Profile

As Public Works Department director for the City of Tacoma, Kurtis D. Kingsolver, P.E., is responsible for the City’s facilities management and real property services, street operations and grounds maintenance, streetlights and traffic signals, capital projects, design and construction services, management of complete streets, sidewalks and local improvement districts.  More than 240 City staff is employed with the Public Works Department, which has a 2017/2018 adopted biennial budget of $202.5 million.


Major capital projects that Kingsolver has participated in and led include the Pacific Avenue Streetscape; reconstruction and grand opening of the Murray Morgan Bridge; Stadium Arterial Street Improvement Project; and Puyallup, Lincoln Avenue, and Hylebos River bridges reconstruction projects.  Capital projects that Kingsolver is currently leading can be found on the Public Works Engineering page.  The current Infrastructure Maintenance Plan showing planned improvements to residential and arterial streets can be found on the Public Works Street Operations page.


Kingsolver joined the City of Tacoma as a civil engineer in 1990 after graduating from the Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1989.  He quickly rose up the ranks to become traffic engineer, division manager, city engineer, and assistant director, and currently is the Public Works Department Director and City Engineer for the City of Tacoma.



  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Washington State University

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Public Works Association

  • 2011 APWA Public Works Leadership Fellow

  • American Society of Civil Engineers

In 2015, the City of Tacoma Public Works Department received accreditation from the American Public Works Association. 

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Kurtis D. Kingsolver, P.E.

Public Works Director/City Engineer