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Tacoma: Slevin officially named head of city’s Environmental Services Department

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on May 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm with No Comments »
May 30, 2013 12:11 pm

The city announced today Mike Slevin has been named the permanent director of Tacoma’s new Environmental Services Department.  Slevin had been interim director of the newly created department for the past eight months.

The department operates Tacoma’s solid waste, wastewater and surface water utilities.

Here’s the city’s press release:


Michael P. Slevin III Appointed Environmental Services Director

City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced the appointment of Michael P. Slevin III to the permanent position of Environmental Services Director. Slevin has been serving on an interim basis for the past eight months, and will step into his new role effective June 3, 2013.

“Our Environmental Services team handles important work in some very core areas,” said Broadnax. “I am confident that Mike’s experience and demonstrated leadership in these areas will help them continue to provide an outstanding level of service to Tacoma’s residents.”

“I am very excited and pleased to be appointed by our City Manager, Mr. T.C. Broadnax, as the new Environmental Services Director,” said Slevin. “I have spent the last 18 years working on projects to provide value and a safe environment for the citizens and rate payers of Tacoma. I look forward to providing the best leadership and service I possibly can.”

Over his 18-year career with the City, Slevin was part of the teams responsible for several major capital projects including the Foss Waterway superfund cleanup, Tacoma Landfill superfund cleanup, Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center construction, Central Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades, Center for Urban Waters construction and Pacific Plaza redevelopment. He also managed several major sustainability programs and initiatives for the City, relating to its TAGRO biosolids program, every other week garbage collection, community gardens, food waste collection, stormwater low impact development, compressed natural gas, alternative fuels and open spaces. 

Slevin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Washington State University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington. He is a licensed professional civil engineer in Washington state, and a graduate of the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School Water and Wastewater Leadership Center. He was recently named a University of Washington Tacoma Milgard School of Business Distinguished Alumnus.

Retired from the Washington Army National Guard after 28 years of active and reserve service, Slevin completed three overseas combat tours – Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded two Bronze Star medals for his actions during combat deployments.

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