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Commemorating 100 Years of Portland's Commission Form of Government


1913 Charter AmendmentPortland has a reputation for being unique, and our particular structure for governance is no exception. Portland voters 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 of the Auditor’s Office and Commissioner Nick Fish are teaming up to commemorate 100 years of Portland’s commission form of government.  Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade and Commissioner Fish invite you join them in observing this special anniversary on Tuesday, October 22 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Portland City Hall.

The event starts off in Council Chambers, with Commissioner Nick Fish emceeing the proceedings. Portland historian 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 the Portland City Hall on October 22 to hear from insiders about the pros and cons of working within Portland’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

Portland City Hall, Council Chambers

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

This event is free and open to the public.


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