Hales announces 7-month transition plan with Wheeler
Mayor Charlie Hales announced a transition plan with Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler over the next seven months on Tuesday.
Wheeler won the mayor's race outright at the May 17 primary election and will succeed Hales, who chose not to run for reelection, on Jan. 1, 2017.
In a May 31 memo to the rest of the City Council, Hales said he and key staff members will begin meeting with Wheeler and his incoming staff members once month in June, July and August to discuss policy issues. The meetings will occur weekly in September, November and December, with twice-monthly meetings taking place in October.
"With these and a myriad other issues facing Portland, I want to ensure the next administration is fully briefed on the extensive work underway now; is aware of necessary next steps in coming years; and is prepared to take office in January. That's why my office has developed a transition plan so we can transition in a way that's good for Portland," the memo says.
The council has approved $84,000 for the transition.
According to the memo, major issues to be covered during the meetings include: opening hundreds of homeless shelter beds; vacant and abandoned homes; the Department of Justice settlement; youth violence prevention initiatives; and installing solar panels to keep Portland at the forefront of climate action.
In addition, Wheeler has been invited to participate in some processes that are currently underway: they include the Portland Development Commission executive director hiring process; the Portland Police Association collective bargaining agreement; and Superfund cleanup.
And Hales says he will also make bureau directors available for briefings leading up to January, and he encourages the other members of Council to do the same.
Hales also invited Wheeler to participate in bureau specific activities such as police ride-along and observing street paving crews at work.
"I look forward to a productive seven months, with all of us working collaboratively to benefit Portland," the memo says.
You can read the memo at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/mayor/article/578624