Independent District Commission releases draft plan — with three map options named Alder, Cedar and Maple — for community discussion of four new voting districts over the summer
The commission received and considered more than 197 map concepts from the community and 136 public comments before voting on the draft maps to be released for public comment.
Portland’s Independent District Commission (IDC) voted to release their draft district map plan Wednesday night, a major step forward to formally establish four geographic districts for city council elections. District selection is one of many changes to Portland's election methods and form of government. As defined in the voter-approved changes, the independent commission is charged with considering the legal criteria and adopting a district plan by September 2023.
Salary Commission works towards release of draft salary proposal for Portland's elected officials
May meetings involved studying market and demographics data and receiving presentations on methodology development from the City’s Bureau of Human Resources.
The City of Portland’s Salary Commission has been immersed in studying compensation best practices and agreeing on guiding principles and criteria to determine pay rates for Portland’s new elected officials who begin their terms 2025: the mayor, the auditor and 12 councilors, with three councilors representing four new voting districts. The decision by the Independent District Commission on the new district boundaries will be announced at the end of summer.
City Organization project leads design of new internal reporting structure
Instead of reporting to a city council commissioner, bureaus will report to the new city administrator beginning in January 2025.
In Portland’s new form of government, the mayor will appoint a city administrator to manage the day-to-day operations of city government. This is a change from the current structure, where bureaus report to one of five city council offices. To support this new configuration, the City Organization project is developing a high-level reporting structure for the bureaus. The new structure will include logical groupings of bureaus and programs and will help the new administrator begin managing the structure effectively on their very first day.
Upcoming Transition Events
About the City of Portland Transition Project
In November 2022, Portland voters approved Ballot Measure 26-228 that directs the City of Portland to implement these three connected changes by Jan. 1, 2025:
- Allow voters to rank candidates in order of preference, using ranked-choice voting.
Establish four geographic districts, with three city council members elected to represent each district – expanding city council to a total of 12 members.
- Establish a city council that focuses on setting policy and a mayor elected citywide to run the city's day-to-day operations, with the help of a professional city administrator.
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