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City Manager


John Caulfield

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.

For more information about the Council-Manager form of government, please visit here 

About the City Manager

John Caulfield joined the city in September 2013, after being appointed by the City Council. He previously was City Manager for Mountlake Terrace from January 2006 to September 2013. Prior to that he was Deputy City Manager, Community and Economic Development Director and Finance Director for the city of  University Place from 1997 and 2006.  Caulfield also worked for the city of Federal Way from 1991 to 1997 as a Senior Financial Analyst, Financial Analyst and Accounting Technician. Caulfield served in the U.S. Army as an Army Ranger assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Throughout his career, Caulfield has participated on non-profit boards as a community volunteer and city management professional. He is a Credentialed Local Government Manager and is member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA). Caulfield currently sits on the Washington Cities Insurance Authority (WCIA) Executive Committee, Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) Board of Directors, Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board and American Lake Veterans Golf Course Board of Directors. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Lakewood.

Caulfield previously was a member of the Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA) Board of Directors from 2008-2010, sitting as president in 2010-2011. He was also a member of the following organizations: Association of Washington Cities (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 Caulfield was recognized as the Rotarian of the Year by the Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club.

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