New assignments only temporary until April when new mayor will take them all over during the budget process.
New Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced bureau assignments to the members of the City Council on Tuesday.
Wheeler has said he will assume control of all bureaus on April when the council begins work on the next budget that takes effect on July 1. He will reassign them in May when the budget is approved, and could change some of the assignments if he is not satisfied with the progress that had been made meeting his goals for them.
"My goal in assigning bureaus is to rely on the experience and interests of each commissioner to achieve real results on behalf of Portlanders," said Wheeler. "Portland government can be siloed. That prevents teamwork. I want to get commissioners and bureaus to work together like never before."
Commissioner Nick Fish, who kept the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services, praised the assignments as "smart."
"It looks like a skillful set of assignments. The mayor gave everyone something they love and something hard," said Fish.
The biggest changes included assigning himself the Portland Housing Bureau from Commissioner Dan Saltzman, transferring the Portland Bureau of Transportation from former Commissioner Steve Novick to Saltzman, and transferring the Office of Neighborhood Involvement from Commissioner Amanda Fritz to new Commissioner Chloe Eudaly.
Assigning bureaus is one of the few powers the mayor has under Portland's "weak mayor" form of government.
Wheeler had previously suggested to the Portland Tribune editorial board that he would assignment himself the housing bureau to help fulfill campaign promises to reduce homelessness and increase the supply of affordable housing. The City Auditor's Office recently released an audit that found numerous management problems in the neighborood involvement office, which has been overseen by Fritiz for several years.
Wheeler also kept the Portland Police Bureau, which has traditionally been overseein the mayor. He has made improving the relationship between the police and the community another top priority.
Mayor Ted Wheeler
• Portland Police Bureau
• Portland Housing Bureau
• Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
• Office of Equity and Human Rights
• Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
• City Budget Office
• City Attorney
• Government Relations
• Office of Management & Finance
• Portland Development Commission
• Travel Portland
• Regional Emergency Management Group (REMG)
• Home Forward
• A Home for Everyone (with Commissioner Eudaly)
• Local Public Safety Coordinating Council
• Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission
• Portland Community Media
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly
• Office of Neighborhood Involvement
• Bureau of Development Services
• A Home for Everyone (with Mayor Wheeler)
Commissioner Nick Fish
• Bureau of Environmental Services
• Portland Water Bureau
• Regional Arts & Culture Council
• Rose Festival Foundation
• Portland Utility Review Board
Commissioner Amanda Fritz
• Portland Parks & Recreation
• Bureau of Emergency Communications
• League of Cities (with Mayor Wheeler)
• Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC)
• Portland Parks Foundation
• Urban Forestry Commission
Commissioner Dan Saltzman
• Portland Fire & Rescue
• Portland Bureau of Transportation
• Fire & Police Disability & Retirement
• Portland Children's Levy
• Multnomah Youth Commission
• Portland Streetcar, Inc.
• Portland Mall Management, Inc.
• Portland Aerial Tram Board
• Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT)