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Mayor Ted Wheeler hires a reality TV producer, former police captain and former chief of staff to a previous mayor.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Mayor Ted WheelerMayor Ted Wheeler is continuing to change his staff even as a recall effort against him continues.

The mayor's office announced three new hires on Thursday, Aug. 12. They include communication manager and reality TV producer Lennox Wiseley, who will replace Tim Becker as communication director. Becker is leaving to take a similar job with the city of Vancouver.

Wiseley's credits include the Las Vegas-based "Holly's World" and "Millionaire Matchmaker." She will be paid $110,000 per year.

Also joining the administration is retired Portland Police Bureau Captain Stephanie Lourenco, who will serve community safety senior adviser. Lourenco joined the bureau in 1999 and was promoted to sergeant in 2005 and lieutenant in 2015. She made history in 2018 when she became the first transgender person in the bureau's history to be promoted to captain, a position she held in the Bureau's Traffic Division.

Lourenco replaces Robert King, also a retired Portland police captain, who left in July after two years in the mayor's office. Lourenco will be paid $104,000 per year.

The third hire is Tom Miller, the former chief of staff to Portland Mayor Sam Adams and a former Portland Bureau of Transportation director. He is currently a senior consultant with Ralph Anderson & Associates. He has been hired for six months for $91,000.

Wheeler hired Adams as his as director of strategic innovations in January.

"Along with their deep knowledge of city government, Stephanie and Tom are the kind of doers Portland needs right now," Wheeler said. "They will hit the ground running alongside Lennox who is a complete, results-oriented, strategic and collaborative communications professional."

Becker had replaced Jim Middaugh, Metro's former communications director, who left the mayor's office in May to become executive director at the Multnomah County Drainage District.

The changes are happening as the effort to recall Wheeler appears to be struggling. It only collected about 6,000 of the required 47,788 valid voter signatures during the first month of its 90-day drive.

The recall was announced by a number of Wheeler's critics shortly after he was reelected at the November 2020 general election. The Total Recall PAC has only reported raising about $94,000 to date.


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