Public Utility Board

The five-member board oversees the operations of Tacoma’s electric and water utilities and industrial freight-switching railroad. The Tacoma City Council appoints the board members, and they serve five-year terms, unpaid.

Board meetings are:

  • Held the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Tacoma Public Utilities Auditorium, 3628 S. 35th St., Tacoma. See our calendar for updates to dates, times, and locations.
  • Open to the public for public comment
  • Televised live on TV Tacoma and archived to watch any time (see below)

Public Utility Board agendas, minutes, and other supporting documents are also available for download.

Missed a Public Utility Board meeting? No problem. Watch archived videos online.


Members of the Public Utility Board

Public Utility Board 1

Woodrow Jones, Chair
Term: 2009-2019

Woodrow Jones is retired from the City of Tacoma, where he worked in Human Resources for more than 20 years. He joined the Public Utility Board in 2009 and stays active in the community. He is past president and current member of the Sunrise Rotary and a member of the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective. He is a past board member for the City Club of Tacoma and Associated Ministries.


Public Utility Board 4

Karen Larkin, Vice-Chair
Term: 2015-2020

Karen Larkin, a former City of Tacoma and state of Washington employee, joined the board in 2015. She has a long history of public service, having served 31 years in Tacoma’s city government and her last 5 years prior to retirement as an assistant director at the Washington State Department of Commerce.


Public Utility Board 6

Bryan Flint, Secretary
Term: 2011-2021

Bryan Flint is the executive director of Sound Outreach. He is a member of both Rotary No. 8 and an American Leadership Foundation Senior Fellow. He joined the Public Utility Board in 2011.


Public Utility Board 2

Mark Patterson
Term: 2012-2022

Mark Patterson is an attorney with the local law firm Vandeberg, Johnson & Gandara. He is a board member of Franke Tobey Jones and on the personnel committee of Associated Ministries of Tacoma/Pierce County. He joined the Public Utility Board in 2012.


Public Utility Board

Christine Cooley
Term: 2018-2023

Christine Cooley is the Water Resource Program Manager for the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Christine is the past chair of the Sustainable Tacoma Commission, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer with Forterra, the International Living Future Institute, and Tacoma Roots. She holds a Master of Business Administration from PLU and a Bachelors of Science from The Ohio State University in Environmental Policy and Management.


You can reach board members by writing to the Public Utility Board, Tacoma Public Utilities, P.O. Box 11007, Tacoma, WA 98411, or by emailing utilityboard@cityoftacoma.org.

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