COMMISSIONER FRITZ ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF APPOINTMENTS
City Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced today the appointment of Tim Crail as her new Chief of Staff. “I am very pleased that Tim will be taking on this responsibility on a permanent basis,” Fritz said. “Tim and I have worked together for over twenty years, first as community volunteers and now in City Hall for almost seven years. He has been fulfilling many of the roles of Chief of Staff periodically over the past several months, and has demonstrated his ability to support our team in working with others in City Hall and the bureaus to get results for Portlanders.” Fritz noted the creation of the City Budget Office in 2012, and the 2015 Council directive assigning half of all one time budget surplus money to infrastructure maintenance, as examples of initiatives for which Crail led the staff work.
Crail has worked as a policy advisor and bureau liaison in Fritz’s office since her first day in office, January 2, 2009. Since June 2013 he has served as a liaison to Portland Parks & Recreation, a role he will continue in part as Chief of Staff.
“I am looking forward to taking on this new responsibility and appreciate the opportunity that this position provides,” Crail said. “Commissioner Fritz is working on several policy initiatives which we are excited about, in addition to our bureaus’ work. We aim to get a lot done by the end of the year.”
Prior to his Parks liaison responsibilities, Crail served as a liaison to the Bureau of Emergency Communications and the former Office of Cable Communications and Franchise Management (now the Office for Community Technology). He has also served as Fritz’s budget advisor, media liaison, and labor liaison, responsibilities he will continue to cover as Chief of Staff.
Crail is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School and a member of the Oregon State Bar Association. He worked at the State Capitol in Salem as a Legislative Assistant for the 1995, 1997, and 1999 sessions. He was Amanda’s campaign treasurer, steering committee chair, and chief advisor during her City Council campaigns in 2006 and 2008, successfully navigating the challenges of the initial cycles of Portland's Public Campaign Financing system. For nearly ten years, Tim was a home-parent to his two children, volunteering at Markham Elementary School, including three years on the Site Council. He served on committees at Metro, SW Neighborhoods, Inc., City of Portland, and Portland Public Schools, and for nine years on the Multnomah County Planning Commission. Outside of working with Commissioner Fritz, he enjoys reading fiction, listening to a wide variety of music, and travel.
Current Chief of Staff, Tom Bizeau, will continue to work part-time for Commissioner Fritz. “I greatly value what Tom brings to the City and my team, and I look forward to his continued involvement in my office,” said Fritz. “I am grateful to Tom for nearly seven years of leadership and dedication as my Chief of Staff, and thankful for his willingness to continue working with me on important policy initiatives after 30 years in public service.” Fritz cited Earned Sick Leave and the revised Neonicotinoid Policy to protect pollinators as two examples of Bizeau’s leadership.
Commissioner Fritz also announced other staffing changes, in her first major office restructuring since 2009. Senior Policy Analyst Patti Howard will be the lead liaison to Portland Parks & Recreation. Senior Policy Advisor Claire Adamsick is the lead liaison to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Cristina Nieves and Jasmine Wadsworth are promoted to Policy Advisors, in addition to their responsibilities as Executive Assistant and Community Services Specialist, respectively. Senior Policy Analyst Dora Perry was recently appointed Equity and Policy Manager at the Bureau of Development Services in June, leaving after six and a half years working with Fritz’s team.
“It has been a challenging year,” said Commissioner Fritz. “My new Chief of Staff and I are looking forward to stepping up our commitment to serving the people of Portland even more.”