Pamplin Media Group – Learn, Witness Portland’s Changing Form of Government

Here are three opportunities to learn more and comment on the measure expected in the November ballot.

Portland voters should consider a ballot measure to change the city’s form of government in the November 2022 general election.

A Citizens’ Charter Review Commission reviews the options and gathers public feedback on potential changes before finalizing the measure.

There are three opportunities to learn more and participate.

First, the commission will host a virtual community listening session from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 22. More information is available here.

Second, a panel of elected officials and experts will discuss the process and how potential city charter changes could alter Portlander’s form of government during an online presentation from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday 24 January.

The discussion is hosted by the Cascade Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Panelists include: Mary Hull Caballero, Portland City Auditor; Mingus Mapps, Portland City Commissioner; Douglas Morgan, Portland State University. Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; and Shelli Romero, civil and community rights activist and local public administrator.

A Zoom RSVP link to the presentation can be found here.

And third, the commission will gather public comment during a virtual meeting from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 17. More information is available here.

Portland is the only major city in the county that does not have a professional manager, the mayor and all council members are elected citywide, and each council member maintains offices assigned to them by the mayor. Changes being considered include hiring a director who oversees all offices and electing all or part of the council by geographic districts, except for the mayor who would still be elected citywide.

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