Politics & Government

Tacoma’s assistant city manager Tansy Hayward leaving for North Carolina

One of Tacoma’s top city administrators is leaving for a job in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Tansy Hayward, Tacoma’s assistant city manager, has been selected as Raleigh’s new assistant city manager for services.

Hayward’s last day at work in Tacoma will be Aug. 15, though she will remain on the city’s payroll through Aug. 22, city spokeswoman Gwen Schuler wrote in an email to The News Tribune.

Hayward, 35, came to Tacoma in 2006 as an assistant to former City Manager Eric Anderson, for whom she previously worked in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hayward assumed the role of Tacoma’s assistant city manager in 2008, and later also took on leadership of the city’s Neighborhood and Community Services Department, which handles code enforcement issues.

She stayed with the city even after Anderson left, and has worked for current City Manager T.C. Broadnax since he took over in 2012.

Hayward said although she is sad to leave Tacoma, she is looking forward to working in Raleigh, a city she called “an exceptional place” with “a lot of momentum and excitement.”

“It is consistently recognized for its excellence as a city and a place to live,” Hayward said. “I feel pretty honored to be given the opportunity to join them.”

Broadnax said Hayward’s departure will leave a gap in the city’s leadership team.

“Tansy has been an integral part of the City’s Executive Team for the past eight years, and provided great insight during my transition into the organization,” Broadnax said in a statement. “She will be missed, but I am excited for her and confident that she will be an asset to the City of Raleigh and their citizens.”

Tacoma officials will conduct a nationwide search to replace Hayward, Schuler said.

In the meantime, the city has named Nadia Chandler Hardy, the assistant to the city manager, as the interim director of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department.

Broadnax hasn’t selected someone to temporarily replace Hayward in her role as assistant city manager. He said the city is “just going to try to accelerate our recruitment” to find a replacement as soon as possible.

In her new role, Hayward will make $160,000 a year. Tacoma paid her $151,515 in 2013.