City manager receives pay raise


City Manager Elizabeth Pauli has received a pay increase, as well as a vote of confidence, from Tacoma City Council. On July 17 the council approved a resolution to ratify the annual performance review of the manager, as required by Tacoma City Charter.

Pauli has worked at city hall for 20 years, mostly in the City Attorney’s Office. She became city attorney in 2004. After the last city manager resigned to take a position in Texas, the council had a search firm look for a replacement. It came up with a list of four finalists. Ultimately, the council opted to offer the job to Pauli, who had been serving on an interim basis. Her contract is from May 2017 to May 2019.

The Council’s City Manager Performance Review Committee met twice in June to review Pauli’s performance. The full Council then met two more times in executive sessions. The Council has moved her salary to step 5A on the new schedule. Her pay goes up to $235,745 a year, an increase of $16,397 above her current salary. The increase is retroactive to May 16.

Salary schedules for all non-represented city employees were increased by three percent in January. Pauli’s salary did not increase until after the performance review.

“I think Elizabeth is worth all of this and a whole lot more,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. The mayor said she hears much praise of Pauli from people she encounters, and she exceeds the Council’s expectations. “As a city we are lucky to have her leadership.”

Councilmember Chris Beale, who took office at the beginning of the year, said he and other new members have received valuable training about their duties from Pauli and her staff. “Getting us up to speed makes us better leaders faster.” He noted that Pauli does not play political games.

Councilmember Anders Ibsen said many city employees urged the Council to hire Pauli for this position.

Pauli told the Council she is surrounded by a great staff. “I look forward to the hard work we have before us.”

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