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No reason is given for the departure of Portland's chief administrative officer Tom Rinehart who has held the job since 2017.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Mayor Ted WheelerMayor Ted Wheeler has announced there soon will be a shift in leadership for the city of Portland as a longtime aide is stepping down. No reason was given for his departure.

Tom Rinehart will leave his role as the chief administrative officer in early May, a position he's held since 2017. In this role, Rinehart led the Office of Management and Finance, which included more than 700 employees and oversaw a $583 million budget.

"I am very proud of what my team and I have accomplished over the past five years," Rinehart said in the April 6 announcement. "We laid a strong foundation for modernizing local government, meeting our community's needs and serving Portland's elected leaders."

Rinehart has worked alongside Wheeler for more than a decade. In 2008, he was first hired to serve as Wheeler's chief of staff for Multnomah County. He served in that same position when Wheeler was appointed state treasurer in 2010.

"Tom Rinehart has led the city's central services through challenging times over the last five years, and I am deeply appreciative of his service. Our city is facing a time of incredible transition. My administration remains focused on continuing to address Portland's greatest challenges and serving our community," Wheeler said.

The Portland Office of Management said Rinehart has been offered 12 months of severance pay of $219,000.

An interim chief administrator is expected to be named before May.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of Pamplin Media Group.


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