Portland mayor says he’ll stop overseeing parks, other city bureaus to focus on police, coronavirus recovery

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Thursday that he is putting other commissioners in charge of numerous city bureaus he previously oversaw so he can focus on the city’s coronavirus response and police reform efforts.Gone from the mayor’s oversight are Portland Parks and Recreation, the Bureau of Environmental Services, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Office for Community Technology, Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland’s portion of the Joint Office of Homeless Services and several other agencies.Wheeler will remain in charge of the Police Bureau, Housing Bureau, Office of Management & Finance, City Budget Office, City Attorney’s Office and Office of Government Relations.Some of the new assignments include Commissioner Amanda Fritz overseeing Parks and Recreation and the environmental services bureau, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly in charge of the community technology office, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty running the planning and sustainability bureau and Commissioner Dan Ryan, who was sworn in earlier Thursday, in charge of the Joint Office of Homeless Services and development services bureau.In a letter to other members of the City Council, Wheeler said the changes will remain in effect until January, when Fritz’s term ends and Commissioner-elect Carmen Rubio’s begins.Wheeler and …

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