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Former City Commissioner Charles Jordan Dies At 77

OPB | April 4, 2014 12:06 p.m. | Updated: April 4, 2014 2:11 p.m.

Charles Jordan in 1976 as Portland City Commissioner - Courtesy City of Portland

Charles Jordan in 1976 as Portland City Commissioner - Courtesy City of Portland

“What people don’t understand, they won’t value; what they don’t value, they won’t protect; and what they don’t protect, they will lose.” — Charles Jordan

Former City Commissioner Charles Jordan passed away this morning at the age of 77. He was Portland’s first African-American city commissioner, serving in the role for 10 years, starting in 1974. Before retiring from public service he also served for 14 years as the director of Portland Parks & Recreation.

We’ll hear more about his legacy with City Commissioner Nick Fish.

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