Robert Thoms was selected today out of seven applicants and appointed by the Tacoma City Council to the vacant District 2 position. Thoms will serve District 2 – which generally represents northeast Tacoma, the industrial area around the Port of Tacoma and downtown Tacoma – until Dec. 31, 2013.
"We interviewed an impressive group of applicants,” said Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “But at the end of the day, Robert Thoms stood out as a strong addition to the Tacoma City Council. We all look forward to working with Council Member Thoms.”
Thoms brings more than 20 years of political and community outreach experience and 24 years of service as a public affairs officer with the U.S. Navy. Additionally, he has worked to coordinate the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership, a group of regional governments and partners from Lacey to Tacoma to better liaison with JBLM. He previously served as senior staff member for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell.
Thoms holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from State University of New York in Buffalo, NY and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane.
The City Council is responsible for enacting all legislation, developing policies, and making general decisions for governing the City organization. Council is charged with adopting and amending City laws, approving the biennial budget, establishing City policies and standards, approving contracts and agreements, and representing the City in the community.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Council Members receive an annual salary of $41,269.