Politics & Government

Tacoma appoints new assistant city manager

Tacoma will have a new assistant city manager starting Jan. 5.

Mark Lauzier will fill the job formerly held by Tansy Hayward, who left in August after working for the city since 2006, city officials announced Wednesday.

Lauzier most recently was county administrator in Page County, Virginia, and previously was a budget officer in Loudoun County, Virginia. He also was city manager of Parkland, Florida, and a police officer in Connecticut.

His starting salary will be $166,753, city spokeswoman Gwen Schuler wrote in an email.

“Mark’s proven leadership and breadth of experience in city management is what makes him a tremendous asset to our organization and the Tacoma community,” Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax said in a statement Wednesday. “I look forward to having someone of Mark’s caliber joining our leadership team.”

In a city press release, Lauzier said he was excited to come to Tacoma, which he described as “a city poised for greatness.”

“It is clear to me from the residents and professional staff I met during my visit, and the positive energy I experienced, that Tacoma is a special community,” Lauzier’s statement said. “... I am honored to be an integral part of its success.”