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Membership Information and Application

The Portland Utility Board (PUB) is a citizen oversight body for the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services and City Council management of these public utility bureaus. The board has 11 voting members and 3 ex-officio members. Members are appointed by the mayor, in consultation with the Commissioner in Charge. 

PUB's purpose is to advise the City Council, on behalf of and for the benefit of the citizens of Portland, on the financial plans, capital improvements, annual budget development and rate setting for the City's water, sewer, stormwater, and watershed services. In addition, the Board advises Council on the establishment of fair and equitable rates, consistent with balancing the goals of customer needs, legal mandates, existing public policies, such as protecting water quality and improving watershed health, operational requirements, and the long-term financial stability and viability of the utilities. 

Member overview and fillable PDF application form

Applications to join the PUB are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed when spots become available. The appointments of 3 members expire at the end of the fiscal year, June 30.

Applications received by April 18, 2018 will be considered for the next appointment cycle to begin July 1.

Please return application, resume and any additional information to: Melissa Merrell, Principal Financial Analyst, City Budget Office, 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1300, Portland, OR 97204 or email to For questions call: (503) 823-1310