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Tag: Rob McNair-Huff


Tacoma: City officials not worried about repaying $20 million bridge loan, despite former spokesman’s comments

As Tacoma celebrates the re-opening and centennial of the Murray Morgan Bridge this week, city officials say they aren’t worried about repaying a $20 million federal loan that was a key part of the span’s salvation — despite a recent comment from the city’s former spokesman suggesting they may have trouble doing so.

The no-interest loan, which materialized suddenly in 2010, provided the last funding piece needed for the city to complete the bridge’s $57 million rehabilitation.  When it appeared, the city hailed the loan as a windfall of sorts.

But on Sunday, the city’s former public

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UPDATED Tacoma: City of Tacoma chief spokesman Rob McNair-Huff to leave city

UPDATED:Broadnax’s email to city staff included at bottom of post.

Original post:

Six-year City of Tacoma spokesman Rob McNair-Huff will be leaving his city post next Friday, City Manager T.C. Broadnax confirmed today.

“Rob is leaving the city,” Broadnax said. “Rob’s last day is June 29th.”

Broadnax declined to elaborate on his reason for making the personnel change, adding he plans to fill the position.

Broadnax’s decision aims “to take a different direction” with the city’s chief spokesperson’s role, McNair-Huff said.  The move isn’t being done for budget reasons, he added.

“The city manager has decided he wants to do

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Tacoma: City spokesman clarifies council members weren’t told details of questionable budget transfers

In response to The News Tribune’s story published Sunday about a questionable city budget maneuver, City of Tacoma spokesman Rob McNair-Huff this afternoon sought to clarify his comments about who authorized the apparently illegal transfers of public utilities funds into the city’s general fund three years ago.

The story noted that Tacoma Public Utilities officials recently discovered the bulk of questionable transfers and raised concerns about them to the city in January.  City Finance Director Bob Biles and his staff are still reviewing the matter, McNair-Huff has said. But preliminary findings have determined as much as $1.7 million may

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