Portland Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler intends to set and control the direction of city government when he takes office in January through a staggered bureau assignment process.
During an interview with the Portland Tribune editorial board last Wednesday, Wheeler appeared focused on wasting no time when he formally takes over, laying out a muscular and activist approach toward the city’s top job. And he did not shy away from suggesting the previous mayor and council might have made better decisions.
Wheeler said he has had many meetings with the continuing members of the City Council, Commissioner-elect Chloe Eudaly, and city bureau directors since being elected mayor in the May 2016 primary election. Wheeler said he has specific ideas for the directions he wants many agencies to take which he has discussed with them, and will announce his initial bureau assignments on Jan. 3, 2017.
In April, Wheeler will assume control of all the bureaus while the council process for adopting the next budget is underway. In May, after the budget that takes effect on July 1 is approved, Wheeler intends to reassign bureau responsibilities to council members.
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