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Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty hires Mike Myers to head the Portland Bureau of Emergncy Management.

CITY OF PORTLAND - Mike MyersIn a surprise move, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty has hired former Portland Fire Chief Mike Myers to head the Bureau of Emergency Management.

Myers left Portland Fire & Rescue in January shortly after Mayor Ted Wheeler assigned it to Hardesty. At the time, Myers said wanted to spend more time with his wife, who was living on the Oregon Coast. He had been hired as the emergency manager for Cannon Beach in Oregon.

But on Monday, Hardesty and Myers said heading the emergency management bureau was a better fit for him.

"I started meeting with Mike Myers even before I was elected as commissioner and I was impressed with his vision. We immediately had a connection and it was clear we had shared values," Hardesty said in an April 29 press release. "When I was aware that he really wanted to focus his career in emergency management, I reached out to him to see if we would consider coming back to Portland to work with me in this arena and I was overjoyed when he said yes."

Myers started his career writing emergency medical plans in Las Vegas before being hired as fire chief there, a position he held before moving to Portland to become chief.

"I never dreamed an invitation like this would present itself. I'm so energized to work under Commissioner Hardesty's visionary leadership and return to give my very best to Portland residents in a new capacity. The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management is critical to public safety and I couldn't be more enthusiastic to collaborate with such a talented group of individuals," Myers said in the release.

Portland Fire Battalion Chief Kristine Artman is the acting interim director of the emergency management bureau. She will continue in this position until Myers begins on June 1.

You can read a previous Portland Tribune story on Myers' resignation here.

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