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Centennial Commemoration of the Commission Form of Government

Portland City Hall, Council Chambers 1221 SW 4th Ave

Tuesday, October 22 2013, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM


2 hours


In celebration of National Archives Month


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You are invited to an event commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Portland’s commission form of government!


Portland has a reputation for being unique, and our particular structure for governance is no exception.Portlandvoters adopted the commission form of government in 1913.  Since then, voters have reaffirmed their commitment to this governing style eight times. 


As the nation honors the rich historical resources found in archives across the country during October’s National Archives Month celebrations, the City Archives division in my office and the office of Commissioner Nick Fish are teaming up to commemorate 100 years of Portland’s commission form of government.  Please join Commissioner Fish and me in observing this special anniversary on Tuesday, October 22 from 5 – 7 p.m. atPortlandCity Hall.


The event starts off in Council Chambers, with Commissioner Nick Fish emceeing the proceedings. Portlandhistorian and scholar, Dr. Carl Abbott, will provide an overview of pre-1913 city government and the transition to the commission form of government.  Current and former elected officials, along with other notable city officials, are invited to share stories and experiences working within our form of government. There will be exhibits and light refreshments on the first floor following the presentations.


Love it or hate it,Portland’s take on the commission form of government has been in place for 100 years.  Join us at thePortlandCity Hallon October 22 to hear from insiders about the pros and cons of working withinPortland’s unique form of government.


Please direct questions to Diana Banning, City Archivist, 503.865.4110 or



Centennial Commemoration of the Commission Form of Government

In celebration of National Archives Month

Tuesday,October 22, 2013

PortlandCity Hall, Council Chambers

5:00 PM–7:00 PM

This event is free and open to the public.


Best regards and see you there!


LaVonne Griffin-Valade,PortlandCityAuditor

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