Carlos M. Watson. Photo by Gayle Rieber.

Local real estate broker and community advocate Carlos M. Watson has been appointed to serve a five-year term on the Tacoma Public Utility board of directors.

Watson is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Tacoma Black Collective, National Association of Realtors, Mocha Mentoring, Tacoma Urban League, and 100 Black Men organization. He attended Tacoma Community College and served in the United States Navy as an avionics technician.

“My goal as a member of the Public Utility Board is to contribute to the implementation of different ideas and policies that will help the public and our community as a whole,” said Watson, who attended his first meeting as a board member on July 10. “I hope to bring a fresh perspective to the conversation.”

Former board chair Woodrow Jones retired earlier this month, creating a vacancy on the five-member governing body for Tacoma Public Utilities, which consists of Tacoma Power, Tacoma Rail, and Tacoma Water. The municipality was established in 1893, employs nearly 14,000 people, and serves 200,000 customers in the Tacoma and Pierce County regions.

Karen Larkin, a former City of Tacoma and State of Washington employee, will take over as board chair. Bryan Flint will become vice chair, and Mark Patterson will become secretary.

Tacoma City Council appoints board members, who serve five-year terms without pay. The board meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Utilities Administration Building, located at South 35th Street and Union Avenue, in Tacoma.