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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. 

The Board'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

The PUB is currently recruiting members with the expectation of having appointments made before the new fiscal year beginning in July. A subcommittee will meet near the end of May to review submissions, interview candidates, and make recommendations to the full board at their June meeting.

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