Hales shakes things up with city bureau assignments

      PORTLAND, Ore. - Mayor Charlie Hales shook up city government on Monday as he assigned the city commissioners and himself the bureaus they will oversee.

      Hales had been keeping all of the bureaus under his own control for the first few months of his term as he sorted out budgets in the face of a $21.5 million shortfall. With those proposals on the table, Hales on Monday gave his commissioners their bureau assignments:

      Mayor Charlie Hales

      Portland Police Bureau
      Portland Development Commission
      Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
      Office of Neighborhood Involvement
      Office of Equity and Human Rights
      Office of Management and Finance
      Office of Government Relations
      City Attorney
      City Budget Office
      Fire & Police Disability and Retirement
      Oversight of the Willamette River Super Fund clean-up project

      Commissioner Dan Saltzman

      Bureau of Housing
      Bureau of Fire & Rescue
      Gateway Domestic Violence Center
      Portland Children's Investment Fund (Children's Levy)
      Liaison to the League of Oregon Cities; Travel Portland; Visitors Development Fund; and Home Forward

      Commissioner Nick Fish

      Bureau of Environmental Services
      Water Bureau
      Regional Arts and Culture Council
      Liaison to Elders in Action; Regional Water Consortium Board; Venture Portland; Water Quality Advisory Committee; and Portland Utility Review Board

      Commissioner Amanda Fritz

      Bureau of Parks & Recreation
      Bureau of Development Services
      Liaison to Royal Rosarians; BDS Adjustment Committee; Building Board of Appeals; County Animal Control

      Commissioner Steve Novick

      Bureau of Transportation
      Bureau of Emergency Management
      Bureau of Emergency Communications
      Liaison to: Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT); Portland Streetcar Inc.; Regional Emergency Management Group; BOEC Users Group; BOEC Finance Committee; Taxi Cab Board of Review; Towing Board of Review

      Hales kept the police bureau under his own control, which is typical for Portland mayors. In most cases, however, Hales shuffled bureaus around so they're being controlled by different commissioners than they were previously.

      Hales has said he wants his city council to run like a "board of directors" where commissioners question not just how their own bureaus work, but how every city bureau operates.

      Portland has a different form of government than most cities. Each commissioner, including the mayor, is assigned specific city bureaus to oversee.

      Hales said his shake-up should be a "bigger deal inside City Hall" and that people generally won't notice big changes in their day-to-day lives.