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The current Portland mayor is reportedly talking to the former one about a position with the city.

PMG GRAPHIC - Political news and gossip.Could former Mayor Sam Adams return to City Hall as current Mayor Ted Wheeler's next chief of staff?

No, that's not a skit from the TV comedy show Portlandia, where Adams played an aide to a fictional Portland mayor played by actor Kyle McLachlan. That is one possibility after The Oregonian reported Wednesday, Jan. 6, that Wheeler is discussing a possible role for Adams in city government. Willamette Week reported on Tuesday that Kristin Dennis, Wheeler's current chief of staff, will leave the mayor's office on Feb. 3 to become Metro President Lynn Peterson's chief of staff.

in the real world, Adams served as chief of staff to former Mayor Vera Katz before being elected a city commission and then mayor. Adams had previously worked for Katz when she was Speaker of the Oregon House.

Since leaving office, he worked for the City Club of Portland and an out-of-state think tank before returning to town. Last year he ran and finished a close third behind Mingus Mapps in the May primary election race for Commissioner Chloe Eudaly's seat. Mapps defeated Eudaly in the November general election.


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