The City Manager's Office implements the policies and goals of the City Council and provides leadership, coordination and development of City departments. The City Manager's Office helps resolve issues by promoting communication among the City Council, citizens and staff. The City Manager's Office develops the City Council agenda for regular meetings, workshops and retreats.
The City Manager is the only employee hired by the City Council. The City Manager implements the City Council’s policies and oversees all City departments.
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Shoreline City Manager
Julie Thuy Underwood
City Manager Julie Thuy Underwood
Julie Thuy Underwood was appointed Shoreline City Manager February 26, 2011. Previously Underwood was the Assistant City Manager for Shoreline and has been in that position since 2002. Throughout her tenure at Shoreline, Underwood has been involved in all aspects of the City’s daily operations. Before coming to Shoreline, Underwood worked for the City of Rockville, Maryland as the Assistant to the City Manager and as a management assistant.
Underwood has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Politics from George Mason University. She has also received the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. To receive the credential, an individual must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government and demonstrate a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.
Underwood has also served on the Washington City/County Management Association Board since 2007 and is a past president of the Shoreline Breakfast Rotary Club.
Underwood is a resident of Shoreline where she lives with her husband and three sons.
Assistant City Manager Debbie Tarry
Assistant City Manager
Debbie has been Shoreline’s Administrative Services Director since April of 2000. Previously, she served as the Finance Director for the City of Mill Creek, WA from 1994 to 2000, as the Administrative Services Director for LINK Transit for Chelan and Douglas Counties from 1990 to 1994, and the Accounting Manager for the City of Wenatchee, WA from 1987 to 1990.
Debbie has served as the President of the Washington Finance Officer’s Association and serves on the Loss Control and Investment Committees for the Washington Cities Insurance Authority.
Debbie has a BA with a concentration in Accounting from Pacific Lutheran University and passed the Certified Public Accountant test in 1985.
Council-Manager Form of Government
The City of Shoreline is organized as a council-manager form of government. This form is the system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager, or in our case the City Manager. The governing body, commonly known as the council, may also be referred to as the commission or board.
The council-manager form of government establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services. As noted above, the City Manager is the only employee hired by the City Council. The City Manager implements the City Council’s policies and oversees all City departments.
For more information about the council-manager form of government, please click here.