In 2010, Thomas W. Lannom was selected by former Chief Administrative Officer Kenneth L. Rust to lead the Revenue Bureau.
The Revenue Bureau is the agency charged with collecting business and hotel/motel taxes for Portland and Multnomah County. The Bureau also collects utility license and franchise fees, property lien and business improvement district assessments, and maintains customer information/billing databases for other bureaus including Water, Environmental Services and Transportation.
Bureau operations also include regulation and oversight of a wide range of industries to protect public safety and ensure equity: taxicabs and other for-hire transportation vehicles, towing, parking lots, vehicle impound lots, secondhand merchandise dealers, gambling, payday lenders, placement of wireless antennas and equipment on utility poles, and use of the public right-of-way for special events like the Rose Festival Parade and Shamrock Run. The Bureau is also responsible for updating and implementing the City’s Broadband Strategic Plan.
Revenue Bureau staff also provide support to the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (MHCRC), a partnership of the cities of Fairview, Gresham, Portland, Troutdale and Wood Village, and Multnomah County, Oregon. MHCRC negotiates and enforces cable service franchise agreements; manages the public benefit resources and assets derived from the franchises; and advocates on behalf of the public interest on communications policy issues at local, state and federal levels.
The Bureau’s 77 employees is projected to collect $303 million and support the collection of $380 million during the year ending June 30, 2014. The Bureau is part of the Office of Management and Finance and has an annual budget of $57 million.
Lannom moved to Portland in 1993 and has served the city since 1997. Prior to his appointment as Revenue Bureau Director, he held a number of positions including Revenue Bureau Operations Manager, License Bureau Director, Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) Deputy Director, ONI Administrative Manager and ONI Community Mediator. His private sector experience includes a district manager position overseeing operations at three retail store locations.
Lannom is a former U.S. Army medic and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration from the University of Georgia and Portland State University, respectively. He lives in Northeast Portland with his wife and son.