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Mayor Wheeler considers bureau shakeup

Wheeler on Friday announced he is taking control of all bureaus during the city's budgeting process, a move he also made in 2017.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler may again shake up which city commissioners are assigned to which city bureaus, a year after he swapped bureaus and left some commissioners with hefty responsibilities and some with little to manage.

Wheeler on Friday announced he is taking control of all bureaus during the city’s budgeting process, a move he also made in 2017.

“This is an essential part of the budget process,” Wheeler said.

The budget is expected to be approved in May. After that, Wheeler said he will reexamine bureau assignments. A spokesperson for Wheeler’s office said Dan Saltzman’s decision not to run for reelection will likely spur a shakeup of bureau assignments.

“The Mayor has not made decisions about bureau assignments yet,” said spokesperson Sophia June. “He is taking into account the fact that one member of City Council is leaving and reviewing different options and scenarios for bureau assignments. Some commissioners may retain bureaus they had in their portfolio, but that isn’t guaranteed or certain at this time.”

Last year, Wheeler took control of the Bureau of Emergency Communications from Commissioner Amanda Fritz, after a report found 911 wait times were far worse than the city had been reporting.

Fritz was left with the parks department as her major area of oversight. The other commissioners – Chloe Eudaly, Dan Saltzman and Nick Fish, all kept the bureaus they were originally assigned.

Last year, Wheeler announced the new bureau assignments in mid-June. His office has not said when the bureau assignments will be finalized this year.

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