The Tacoma City Council confirmed the appointment of Jeff Robinson as the new Economic Development Director.
Robinson, who currently lives in Tacoma, has spent the last 10 years as the community and economic development director for the City of SeaTac, and before that, he was the community and economic development director for the Martin Luther King Housing Development Association.
Within his new position, Robinson will be responsible for building strategic partnerships, advancing the city’s development strategy, and addressing the housing issue.
Robinson’s appointment comes six months after the firing of former economic development chief Ricardo Noguera, after an investigation found he “created an environment that left his female staff feeling demeaned, demoralized, and unwelcomed,” according to an April report from the Tacoma News Tribune. The City ultimately paid Noguera a $174,000 settlement for a claim he filed against the city after he was removed from his position.
Robinson is expected to join the City of Tacoma on July 9.
“The City of Tacoma has done an extensive search for its next community and economic development director,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards in a statement. “Jeff’s experience and skills make him particularly well suited for this job, as Tacoma works to build a stronger local economy and bring in more permanent, living wage jobs while working with partners to address the challenges we face in the area of affordable housing.”