Summer is here! The following is the statement my office staff team wants you to read on the issue of City Bureau assignments made by Mayor Wheeler on 6/15/17.
I sent this information to the press:
<<During the brief time I was Commissioner-in-Charge of the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) this year, my staff and I worked closely with BOEC management to set BOEC on a new course which will effectively address the concerns raised in the Ombudsman’s reports. The Mayor has decided to keep BOEC within his portfolio in order to manage the recruitment of a permanent director and to coordinate the response to the Ombudsman’s report. While I am disappointed that my staff and I will not be able to see the process through at BOEC, I am very grateful to Lisa St. Helen for her leadership of the bureau as Interim Director, and to all the staff at BOEC who work so hard to get help to callers.
Looking forward, we welcome the opportunity to focus our time on other urgent and important issues. Most crucially, we will be working to combat systemic racism and the rise in hate crimes in the City of Portland. My staff and I are committed to listening to and providing greater support for marginalized communities in Portland.
I will continue to advocate for and help implement the Open and Accountable Elections system that Council passed in 2016. I will collaborate with my colleagues and the community on issues that affect us all. The challenges facing our city are daunting, and I continue to feel honored to be in my position where I can work on solutions in multiple ways.>>
I am also honored and excited to be the Commissioner in Charge of Portland Parks & Recreation again. I hope you will review the wonderful Summer Free For All programs, and attend as many as you can. Gathering in parks and enjoying a concert or movie with your neighbors is an excellent way to celebrate the things that unite us, especially in these stressful times.