Portland voters adopted this government system in 1913. Since then, Portlanders have voted eight times to keep in intact. Love it or hate it, Portland is one of the last cities in the country to have this unique government form.
In our Commission government, our five elected officials each have legislative and management responsibilities for assigned bureaus. Many Portlanders feel that our form of government allows the public more access to their elected officials.
The event will include an overview from Portland historian and scholar, Dr. Carl Abbott, about pre-1913 City government and the transition to the Commission form of government. Current and former elected officials will share stories from their time with the City. There will be exhibits and light refreshments on the first floor following the presentations.
Join us next Tuesday at 5 pm in City Hall’s Council Chambers. Nick is honored to emcee the event for this milestone occasion.
Centennial Commemoration of the Commission Form of Government
Portland City Hall, Council Chambers
October 22, 5 – 7 pm
Free & open to the public