Charlie Hales has been in office as mayor for just over a year. Since his election, he made it clear that his approach would be very different from his predecessor, Sam Adams. Hales began his term with a considerably slimmed down staff, and temporarily took over the management of all the city’s bureaus, ultimately reassigning the commissioners in charge of them.
He faced a variety of challenges in 2013 including budget gaps, covering drinking water reservoirs, the questionable behavior of his finance director Jack Graham, homeless camping at city hall, and Right 2 Dream Too.
There have been mixed reviews of Hales’ time in office. Among other things, he’s been criticized for not articulating a cohesive vision for the city. For his part, Charlie Hales gives himself a “B” and says he needs to do a better job communicating with city residents.
How do you rate Charlie Hales in his first year in office? What do you hope to see in 2014 and into the rest of his term?
- Charlie Hales: Mayor of Portland