Tacoma loses city attorney to Kirkland

After serving as Tacoma’s chief legal advisor for nine years, Robin Jenkinson announced Monday that she has accepted a position as City Attorney for the City of Kirkland. Jenkinson will start her new position May 3.

As Tacoma’s City Attorney, Jenkinson supervised a team of 47 employees, 25 of whom are attorneys in the civil, utilities and criminal justice divisions.
Under Jenkinson’s direction, the Legal Department improved the level of support provided to its customers, including the City Council, City Manager’s Office and many city departments. Jenkinson reduced outside legal counsel costs by recruiting for specialized expertise and guiding attorneys to take on a wider variety of legal challenges.

“I had the good fortune of working in the Legal Department at a time when some very exciting projects were taking place in Tacoma, such as the Museum of Glass, the Tacoma Art Museum, Thea Foss Landing and the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center,” Jenkinson said. “Many of those projects have been completed or are close to completion-so it feels like a natural time to move on. I’m looking forward to being a part of another vibrant, growing city that showcases how to do things well.”

Jenkinson’s last day with the City of Tacoma will be April 30.