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2000 Bureau Directors

On May 3, 2000, the Portland City Council passed and referred the following measure to be decided by voters at the municipal General Election on November 7, 2000.
 
BALLOT TITLE:
 
CAPTION: Amends City Charter; Exempts Bureau Directors From Civil Service
 
QUESTION: Shall the Charter be amended to exempt from classified civil services City bureau directors appointed after December 31, 2000?
 
SUMMARY: Section 4-101 of the City Charter places City employees under a civil service system. There are certain exceptions, however. "All officers chosen by popular election or by appointment by the Council, the members of all boards and commissions, the deputies of the City Attorney, the City Engineer, the Superintendent and Chief Engineer of the Bureau of Water Works, the Secretary of the Civil Service Board and of the Auditor, the Chief Deputy City Auditor, the secretary and administrative staff of each Council member, and the Chief of Police." This measure adds to the list of exempted personnel all bureau directors appointed after December 31, 2000. Employees exempted from civil service are not subject to civil service requirements for selection and dismissal. Exempt employees are appointed and serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority designated by the Charter or City Code. The appointing authority is either the Council, a Council member, or the Auditor.
 
CHARTER AMENDMENT:
Section 4-101

All appointments to and promotions in the subordinate administrative service of the City shall be made solely according to fitness, which shall be ascertained by open competitive examination, and merit and fidelity in service, provided for in this Chapter.
 
The provisions of this Chapter shall apply to the incumbents of all offices, places and employments in the public service of the City except the following: all officers chosen by popular election or by appointment by the Council, the members of all boards and commissions, the deputies of the City Attorney, the City Engineer, the Superintendent and Chief Engineer of the Bureau of Water Works, the Secretary of the Civil Service Board and of the Auditor, the Chief Deputy City Auditor, the secretary and administrative staff of each Council member, [and] the Chief of Police, and all bureau directors hired after December 31, 2000. The Mayor shall appoint a Chief of Police, who shall have had ten (10) years of active police service. The Chief of Police shall be subject to removal by the Mayor.
 
(New language in bold, deleted language italicized and in brackets.)
 

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