PORTLAND -- Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams has been named executive director of the City Club of Portland, a 100-year-old nonprofit organization that holds Friday forums on public affairs and does research on issues.

Adams' election in 2008 made Portland the largest city in the country with an openly gay mayor. But his term was burdened from its early days by his admission he had lied during the campaign about a sexual relationship with a teenager.

In my new role at City Club I can continue to encourage exceptional urban public policy in a region I love, on behalf of an organization whose tradition of unbiased, citizen-led policy research remains unique and imperative in today's hyper-partisan environment, Adams said.

He didn't run for re-election. Charlie Hales succeeded him this month.

Adams served as mayor from 2009-2012, he was a Portland City Commissioner for four years and chief of staff for Portland Mayor Vera Katz from 1993 to 2003.

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