City of Portland Transition Update December 2022
Dear Community Members,
One month after voters approved historic changes to Portland’s charter, the transition to a new election system and form of government is already taking shape.
The City of Portland transition team is working toward Portland’s first election using ranked-choice voting and geographic districts in November 2024, and a new mayor and expanded city council taking office in the new form of government in January 2025.
Coordination with Multnomah County is underway to update the voting system. Changes are being drafted to city code, to align with the charter amendments approved by voters. Committees are being recruited, experts identified and staff positions filled.
Please read on for updates about the City of Portland’s transition, and check Portland.gov/Transition for the latest news.
Apply now to serve on the Salary Commission
Do you believe government should be open and transparent? Do you demand fiscal responsibility in how the City pays elected officials? Would you like to apply your professional human resources expertise in compensation to contribute to a higher civic standard?
If the answer is yes, please apply to the Salary Commission. The City of Portland is seeking five human resource professionals to determine pay for Portland’s elected officials, including the mayor, city auditor and city councilors.
Apply here by Jan. 20, 2023.
Join the City's transition team
A transition team is being formed in the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer to implement ranked choice voting, establish geographic districts for an expanded city council, and adapt leadership roles and responsibilities for Portland’s new form of government.
Consider applying to serve as Transition Engagement Coordinator or Transition Communications and Engagement Manager. Applications for both positions are due next Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Independent District Commission appointment process underway
Nearly 280 Portlanders applied to serve on the Independent District Commission – a community body to lead the establishment of four new geographic districts for Portland’s city council. The Commission will be composed of 13 Portland residents. In January, the mayor will appoint members of the Commission, subject to confirmation by city council. The Commission will complete their work by September 2023.
Learn more about the Independent District Commission here.
Charter Commission wraps with recommendations to voters, City Council
This month the Portland Charter Commission concluded its two-year term. Phase II resulted in the Commission referring nine proposals to voters for consideration in November 2024 and recommending six proposals to City Council.
Learn more about the Charter Commission’s Phase II recommendations here.
Thank you for your engagement and feedback as the City of Portland implements voters’ direction. Visit Portland.gov/Transition. You can sign-up for transition updates and submit questions and comments. You can reach us anytime at Transition@PortlandOregon.gov.
-The City of Portland Transition Team