The City of Tacoma has permanently appointed Michael P. Slevin III to the position of Environmental Services Director. Slevin has served on an interim basis for the past eight months, and will step into his new role effective June 3, 2013.
Slevin has worked at the City of Tacoma for 18 years. He has been involved in 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.