Portland City Hall transition begins this summer
Portland isn't set to switch to the mayor-council form of government until Jan. 1, 2025, but some changes are already underway.
- In 2025, they will have a mayor-and-city-administrator team running the city.
- Meanwhile, the city council will be devoted to policy-making and engaging with the community, rather than managing the details of parks, pipes and police.
How it works: In an emergency, the mayor and the city administrator will have very different roles.
- "From a water main break to an earthquake, the mayor will likely oversee the response at a high level and serve as the public-facing voice for the City of Portland," Portland's current chief administrative officer Michael Jordan told Axios.
- "The city administrator is likely to be more hands-on, directing operations and communications to ensure a smooth response and recovery."
By the numbers: Six deputy city administrators will run the bureaus — like permitting, or arts and parks — and will report to the city administrator, instead of to elected officials.
- With 12 commissioners instead of five, the goal is for neighborhoods to be better represented, with three council members from each district. Find yours here.
Where it stands: The bureaus will be in new groupings from July 1, but the full new organizational chart won't be up and running until 2025.
Be smart: Volunteers are available to explain the new system.
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