The Tacoma City Council has reappointed Elizabeth Pauli as city manager. Pauli began serving as interim city manager in February 2017, and 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,” Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards said in a statement. “Her insightful guidance, long-range vision, and continued leadership are essential to making quality decisions that move Tacoma forward.”
As city manager, Pauli oversees a staff of more than 2,200 people, and a biennial general government budget of $2.2 billion, with $515.6 million of it allocated to the general fund. Tacoma is the state’s third-largest city with a population of approximately 213,500.
Pauli served as Tacoma’s city attorney before she was appointed city manager. She was first hired by the city 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. Before joining the the public sector, Pauli was a partner at the Tacoma law firm McGavick Graves.
Paul is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and has a 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.