Laura McPherson, the City of Tacoma’s budget officer for more than a year, died unexpectedly earlier this week.
The 42-year-old’s sudden death before the workday Monday morning sent shock waves through City Hall. The City Council dedicated a moment of silence to McPherson at Tuesday’s meeting.
“Since she joined the city, she served a critical role in helping us work through our current budget challenges,” Mayor Marilyn Strickland said from the dais Tuesday. “We will miss her and our hearts go out to her family and her loved ones at this difficult time.”
McPherson, a married Lakewood resident, had worked …