Bill Baarsma

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Bill Baarsma

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Bill Baarsma was born in Tacoma in 1942. He attended Stadium High School and the University of Puget Sound (Class of 1964) where he studied political science. He obtained a master's degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he served as a clerk for Senator Henry M. Jackson and and was chosen for a coveted student assistantship with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (1). From 1968 to 2001, Baarsma taught political science, business management, and public administration at the University of Puget Sound. In 1991, he was elected to City Council and, in 2001, he became the 38th Mayor of the City of Tacoma. During his two terms as Mayor, Baarsma was involved in the development of the Click Network, the largest municipally owned telecommunications system in North America.


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University of Puget Sound Professor (1968-2001)
City Council Member (1991-2001)
Mayor of Tacoma (2001-2009)

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Written by Anna Trammell, 2021. Revised by Ilona Perry, 2023.




Correspondence between Anna Trammell and Bill Baarsma, 2023. "Candid Conversation with Bill Baarsma," South Sound Business.
(1) Tacoma News Tribune 05/05/1965 B4

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