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Management Team

Bill Gaines

William A. Gaines became the Director and CEO of Tacoma Public Utilities in 2007, after serving briefly as Tacoma Power superintendent. Bill has developed an exceptional record of success and accomplishment over the course of a 30-year utility industry career that has included senior executive roles at Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy. 

His career has emphasized organizational leadership, strategic and energy supply planning, commercial transactions and policymaking. His educational background is in engineering and finance. Bill serves as a board member with several regional and national electric utility industry organizations, including the Large Public Power Council (LPPC). He also serves on the Tacoma/Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Board, the Pierce County Economic Development Board, and on advisory boards at Washington State University and the University of Washington.

Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson 
was named superintendent and COO of Tacoma Power in 2015. During his 15-year tenure with Tacoma Power, Chris has served as power manager and assistant power manager. Prior to Tacoma Power, Chris worked as a consultant with multiple electrical utilities. Chris serves on the boards of the Public Power Council, River Partners and the Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee. 

Linda McCrea

Linda McCrea
 was named superintendent and COO of Tacoma Water in 2010. She has been with Tacoma Water since 1980, serving as deputy superintendent since 2006 and as the water distribution manager for 13 years before that. Linda represents the Pacific Northwest Section on the national American Water Works Association Water Utility Council. She is also a co-chair of the Utility Management Committee for the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. 


Dale King
 was named superintendent and COO of Tacoma Rail in 2008. Dale served previously as the director of rail services for Weyerhaeuser Co. and has also served with Burlington Northern Railroad. Dale is a certified member of the American Society of Transportation & Logistics, now a part of APICS.

Steve Hatcher

Steven Hatcher
 has served as Tacoma Public Utilities’ Customer Services manager since 2006. He is responsible for front-line customer service, field investigations and meter reading, billing, mail delivery services  and low-income assistance programs. Steve has prior experience as a city administrator and is a retired United States Army officer with 20 years of military service. He is a member of American Association of Blacks in Energy and the Pierce County Black Collective; he is also a member of the E Source Customer Experience Executive Council.

Robert Mack

Robert Mack
 joined Tacoma Public Utilities in 2007 as the deputy director for Public Affairs. He oversees government relations, communications and customer research.  Bob is a former principal in the Tacoma law firm Smith Alling and has also served in various offices of Washington state government. He is a board member of the Tahoma Audubon Society and a former member of the boards of the Washington Environmental Council, Point Defiance Zoological Society, City Club of Tacoma and Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

Chris Gleason

Christine Gleason 
has served as Community & Media Services manager since 2006 and was a communicator for Tacoma Power for three years prior. Chris is responsible for internal and external communications, promotional marketing and community outreach. She is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators.

Jim Sant

Jim Sant 
was named deputy director for Administration in 2012. He is responsible for budgets and organizational performance, insurance and claims, records management and financial oversight. Previously, Jim served for 10 years at Puget Sound Energy where he was the assistant treasurer and directed the utility’s financial planning and analysis, and as regional director of finance at Verizon Wireless. Jim has more than 25 years of financial experience and is a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants.