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City Departments and Offices

The City of Tacoma is comprised of many departments and offices that serve its citizens with services ranging from public safety to maintenance of the streets and other infrastructures that keep the city running day after day.  Each department and office is listed below for you to explore.

City Attorney's Office

Chris Bacha, City Attorney

The City Attorney's Office acts as legal adviser to the City Council, the City Manager, and all officers, departments, and boards for the City.

View the City's Attorney's page

City Manager's Office

Elizabeth Pauli, City Manager
The role of the City Manager’s Office is to work with the City Council and City Departments to ensure effective implementation of the City's policies.

View the City Manager's page

Community and Economic Development

Patricia Beard, Interim Director 

The Community and Economic Development Department works to establish Tacoma as a destination city by attracting investment that builds a vibrant economy, strengthens the heart of the city, and enhances neighborhood livability.

View the Community and Economic Development Department page

Environmental Services

Geoffrey M. Smyth, Interim Director

Environmental Services protects and restores natural resources by keeping our city clean, safe, and livable through garbage and recycling pickup, wastewater treatment, household hazardous waste disposal, protection from storm water pollution, and many additional services.

View the Environmental Services page

Equity and Human Rights

The mission of the Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR) is to achieve equity in our service delivery, decision making and community engagement. 


View the Office of Equity and Human Rights web page 


Finance Department

Andy Cherullo, Director
The Finance Department provides financial expertise and services that support the City's governing bodies in establishing strategic goals and policies and ensuring financial accountability to the citizens, businesses, taxpayers, and ratepayers.

View the Finance Department's page

Fire Department

Toryono Green, Fire Chief
The Tacoma Fire Department’s mission is to protect people, property, and the environment.

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Hearing Examiner

Jeff H. Capell, Director
The Office of the Hearing Examiner is charged with conducting fair and impartial administrative hearings in many types of cases identified in the Code. These include contested hearings on appeals and public hearings regarding proposed developments.

View the Hearing Examiner's page

Human Resources

Shelby Fritz, Director
The Human Resources Department assists City departments in developing and maintaining a qualified, effective, and diverse workforce. The Department also provides employment-related services to the City's employees and job applicants.

View Human Resources' page

Information Technology

Daniel Key, Director 
The Information Technology Department provides technology services for internal city departments and divisions.

View Information Technology's page

Neighborhood and Community Services

Allyson Griffith, Director 

The Neighborhood and Community Services Department works to build healthy and successful neighborhoods and households through the protection of human rights, code enforcement, community problem-solving, and indirect and direct services which include human services and services for the elderly and youth.

View Neighborhood and Community Services' page

Office of Management and Budget

The Office of Management and Budget assists the City by providing fiscal planning, analysis, and management services to enable the City organization to provide City services in accordance with the policies, goals and objectives established by the City Manager and the Tacoma City Council. We also coordinate the preparation of the City’s Operating Budget and Capital Facilities Plan.

View the Office of Management and Budget's page

Planning and Development Services

Peter Huffman, Director
The Planning and Development Services Department has representatives located in the Permit Center.  This collection of representatives includes experts for building code, land use and zoning, traffic, environmental services, private development, and right-of-way.

View Planning and Development Services' page


Avery Moore, Police Chief
The Tacoma Police Department’s mission is to create a safe and secure environment in which to live, work, and visit by working together with the community, enforcing the law in a fair and impartial manner, preserving the peace and order in our neighborhoods, and safeguarding our Constitutional guarantees.

View the Tacoma Police Department's page

Public Works

Ramiro Chavez, P.E. PgMP, Director/City Engineer
The Public Works Department and its employees focus on the safety, cleanliness, and smooth function of our streets, buildings and additional facilities.

View Public Works' page

Tacoma Venues & Events

Adam Cook, Director
The Tacoma Venues & Events Department oversees the management and maintenance of The Tacoma Dome, Cheney Stadium, the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, the Pantages Theater, Rialto Theater, and Theater on the Square.

View the Tacoma Venues & Events page

Tacoma Employees’ Retirement System

Catherine Marx, Director
The Tacoma Employees' Retirement System (TERS) is a defined benefit plan covering employees of the City of Tacoma and other Member Public Agencies.

View the Tacoma Employees’ Retirement System's page