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Ivancie served on the City Council from 1970 to 1984, including four years as mayor before losing to Bud Clark for re-election.

FACEBOOK - The picture of Frank and Jim Ivancie on Jim Ivancie's Facebook page.Former Portland Mayor Frank Ivancie passed away on Thursday, May 2, at the age of 94.

Ivancie's son Jim announced the death on his Facebook page. He did not give the cause but wrote, "This morning at 7:10 my father peacefully transcended to our omnipresent divine realm of love and light. I was fortunate enough to see him very recently and express love."

Ivancie was a high school teacher who left teaching to become the executive assistant to then-mayor-elect Terry Schrunk. He was first elected to the Portland City Council in 1966, filling the seat vacated by Commissioner Ormond Bean, who did not run for re-election. Ivancie was re-elected to the council in 1970, 1974 and 1978.

On the council, Ivancie, a conservative, clashed frequently with liberal commissioner and, later, Mayor Neil Goldschmidt. Ivancie ran against Goldschmidt for mayor in 1976 but lost. He ran again successfully in 1979 after Goldschmidt was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to head the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Ivancie's term of mayor was marked by turmoil and accomplishments. He assigned himself the Portland Police Bureau — in Portland, each elected official oversees several bureaus — which had been overseen by Commissioner Charles Jordan, after the notorious "Smoke 'Em, Don't Choke 'Em" incident and the departure of former Police Chief Bruce Baker.

Ivancie also oversaw the construction of Pioneer Courthouse Square, which he originally opposed, and the landmark but controversial Portland Building. He also pushed for creation of the city's groundwater wells as a backup to the Bull Run Reservoir system.

Ivancie ran for re-election four years later and was defeated by tavern owner Bud Clark. He then served on the Federal Maritime Commission before retiring.

Editor's Note: Portland Tribune reporter Jim Redden served as Frank Ivancie's press aide during his first year as mayor. You can read a previous My View about that here.


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