City Manager

The City of Lakewood is a code city organized as a Council-Manager form of government. This system of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a governing body (the City Council), with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager (the City Manager).

What does a City Manager do?

The City Manager implements the policies and goals of the City Council, manages and coordinates the overall operations of the City and provides leadership, coordination and development of City departments, while ensuring the delivery of quality service and serving the needs of the public. This is accomplished through the expressed direction of the Lakewood City Council. The City Manager's Department helps resolve issues by promoting communication among the City Council, citizens and employees.

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Meet the City Manager

John Caulfield began serving as City Manager of Lakewood, Washington after being appointed by the City Council in September 2013. Prior to joining the City of Lakewood, Caulfield served as City Manager of Mountlake Terrace, Washington from January 2006 to September 2013. Previous to his City of Mountlake Terrace experience, he served as a Deputy City Manager, Community and Economic Development Director, and Finance Director for the City of University Place, Washington between 1997 and 2006. Caulfield also worked for the City of Federal Way, Washington as a Senior Financial Analyst, Financial Analyst and Accounting Technician between 1991 and 1997. Caulfield also served in the US Army as a US Army Ranger assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Throughout his career, Caulfield has actively participated on non-profit boards of directors as a community volunteer and City management professional. He is a Credentialed Local Government Manager and is member of International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA). Caulfield currently serves on the Washington Cities Insurance Authority (WCIA) Executive Committee and Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) Board of Directors.

Caulfield served on the Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA) Board of Directors from 2008-2010 and was President in 2010/2011. He previously was a member of the Association of Washington (AWC) Board of Directors, Economic Alliance of Snohomish County (EASC) Finance Committee, Snohomish County Economic Development Council (EDC) Board of Directors, South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Lynnwood Rotary Club, Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club, University Place/Fircrest Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, University Place Sister Cities Association Board of Directors, and Federal Way Planning Commission, which he chaired for over five years. In 2005, the Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club recognized Caulfield as Rotarian of the year.

Caulfield earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Seattle University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Boston University.