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Hired to the City in 1978, David worked his first 25 years in the Bureau of Human Resources, primarily in Labor Relations. He was responsible for negotiating each of the City's collective bargaining agreements multiple times. David ended his tenure there as the City's Labor Relations Manager in 2003.
"I cannot describe how proud I am to have worked for the Portland Water Bureau these last 10 years,” says David. “My entire career at the City of Portland has been incredibly fulfilling and rewarding, but these last 10 years have been the most special.”
In 2004, he joined Commissioner Randy Leonard's staff as a policy advisor.
One year later, David was appointed Interim Administrator of the Portland Water Bureau and then appointed permanently in July 2006.
For the past 10 years, David served in that capacity, dedicated to delivering “the best drinking water in the world” to the Portland metropolitan area, keeping needs and desires of customers in the forefront of thoughts and actions, using ratepayer dollars wisely, and protecting the natural environment so its benefits were available to meet today and future generation’s needs.
While there were some bumps and frustrations along the way, David can easily say that he regarded time at the Water Bureau as “challenging, rewarding, and fulfilling.”
“I am most proud of the efforts the bureau has made toward preparing for a major seismic event,” says David. “While we can do more, we have hardened at least one conduit coming from the Bull Run Watershed into town including the Sandy River Crossing; we have built and are designing new terminal storage reservoirs that are intended to function even after “the big one”; we are designing a new crossing under the river to address the probability that several of our older crossings will fail; and we have built the necessary facilities (the EOC and Interstate Warehouse and office buildings) to protect the safety and well-being of our employees and ensure our continuity of operations after a major event. Most recently, I am very proud to have been involved in crafting an historic agreement with the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association regarding how we will maintain, repair, and preserve the reservoirs at Tabor into the future.”
The Water Bureau is a recognized leader in the utility industry. We've achieved this success by investing in the very best people and empowering them to find new and better ways to meet our customer's needs.
The Water Bureau currently employs approximately 560 people. All current job postings with the City of Portland are posted online, and updated weekly. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Current Job Available at the Water Bureau
|POSITION||EMP. TYPE||SALARY||CLOSING DATE|
|Senior Risk Specialist**||Full Time||$5,496.00 - $7,330.00 Monthly||9/11/15 4:30 PM Pacific Time|
**This recruitment will remain open until 75 applications have been received or until the posted closing date, September 11, 2015, whichever comes first.
A. Customers may notice warmer water from their cold water faucets.
B. Shifts in algae populations may occur in the open reservoirs, which could affect the taste/odor of our drinking water.
C. Minimal impacts will be seen as underground water mains act as a refrigerator. Water temperature fluctuates only by a few degrees throughout the year.
D. As water temperature increases, chlorine disinfectant levels can decrease.
This year, these impacts are seen sooner due to the mild winter and spring and 90 degree temperatures in June. The Portland Water Bureau monitors algae in the system to ensure that no harmful species are present. Additionally, chlorine levels are adjusted seasonally to maintain adequate disinfectant levels to protect public health.
Questions or Concerns About Water Quality?
Contact the Water Bureau’s Water Line at 503-823-7525.
It’s been a long, dry summer so far and Portland lawns are looking more like golden fields than lush green carpets.
Get your Hands on Free Water-Saving Tools
Customers may encounter a running hydrant or valve with a flushing sign or a Portland Water Bureau barrier and naturally think it is just a waste of water.
This summer much of the Northwest is experiencing drier than normal conditions with some areas facing water shortages. However, Portland is not facing water shortages, and is fortunate in that we have two sources of water to meet Portland’s needs. We are constantly monitoring our water resources and balancing maintenance activities with available supply.
The Portland Water Bureau uses two techniques to clean and maintain the drinking water system: spot flushing and unidirectional flushing.
For more information, visit the following Portland Water Bureau webpages: