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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

David Shaff to retire from Water Bureau after 37 years of service

March 17, 2015

This morning, Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff announced his retirement, after 37 years of service to the City:

I recently let Commissioner Fish know that I intend to retire effective June 30, 2015, my 37th anniversary as an employee of the City of Portland and my 10th anniversary as the Administrator of the Portland Water Bureau.

Commissioner Fish has asked me if I will stay on beyond June 30th if necessary while he and his staff conduct a search for a new director and I have said that I would.

I cannot describe how proud I am to have worked for the Portland Water Bureau these last ten years. My entire career at the City of Portland has been incredibly fulfilling and rewarding, but these last ten years have been the most special.

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Nick is grateful for David's service to the City, and released the following statement:

Today, Portland Water Bureau Director David Shaff announced his decision to retire after 37 years of service to the City.

While I was surprised by David’s decision, I respect his choice and am grateful that he has committed to work with me and the bureau on a transition plan.

Since I was assigned to lead the City’s two utility bureaus in June 2013, I have admired his dedication and professionalism, his willingness to explore new and better ways of doing business, his customer service ethic, and his strong commitment to using ratepayer dollars wisely. David has been instrumental in recruiting and developing a high performance team at the bureau. 

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 Thank you, David, for your 37 years of service!

 David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau administrator, is retiring

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 Water Bureau Head David Shaff is Retiring

Dirk Vanderhart in the Portland Mercury

 Water Bureau director to retire

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Portland Water Bureau Chief David Shaff is Retiring

Aaron Mesh in the Willamette Week

Our Lone Ranger

 March 18, 2015

Portland Water Bureau employee Dan Weidinger patrols the Bull Run Watershed – he  is the hero who protects our water supply.  

Today on OPB’s Think Out Loud, Dan and his wife, Sacha Synder, took viewers into their watershed home in the beautiful Mt. Hood National Forest. 

The Bull Run Watershed is Portland’s main source of drinking water.  It includes the Bull Run Lake and two reservoirs, as well as the Bull Run River, tributaries, and other feeders.  The two reservoirs hold nearly 14 billion gallons of usable water, and serve nearly a million Oregonians. 

As Ranger, Dan is responsible for watching and patrolling over 147 square miles daily. Right now he’s the only full-time ranger on duty, but he won’t be solo for long. Commissioner Fish prioritized funding to hire a second ranger to help patrol the watershed.

Thank you for your great service to our city, and to our fellow Oregonians, Dan!

At Home In The Bull Run Watershed

Julie Sabatier and Alan Sylvestre in OPB

Remember Dan Weidinger? OPB News follows up with the Bull Run’s Lone Ranger

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

The Lents Grown Story Yard

March 19, 2015

City Hall’s atrium got a little more inspiring with a traveling version of the “Lents Grown” Story Yard

Designed by local non-profit ROSE CDC and Propel Studio Architecture, the Story Yard is an art installation that celebrates the wonderful diversity of the Lents neighborhood in Southeast Portland. 

The original Story Yard is located on a corner lot at SE 88th & Foster, on land owned by the Portland Development Commission (PDC). In an effort to activate empty, unused neighborhood land, PDC issued grants to ROSE and Propel to create the Story Yard. Local photographer Dawn DeAno photographed local small business owners and farmers market vendors. Their photographs – and their stories – are installed in the Story Yard. The installation strengthens neighborhood connections through the photos and stories that represent what makes Lents great: its people. 

The traveling version of the Story Yard in City Hall emulates the beauty of the original, just on a smaller scale. Come to Portland City Hall’s atrium and check it out! The installation will be up through March 27. The full Story Yard on SE Foster will be up through 2015.

Photo courtesy of Rose Community Development. 

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Remember Dan Weidinger? OPB News followed up with the Bull Run's Lone Ranger

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


At Home In The Bull Run Watershed

Julie Sabatier and Alan Sylvestre in OPB


Plugged In

Joseph Gallivan in the Portland Tribune


Nick Fish names Sonia Schmanski as next chief of staff

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Portland Water Bureau Chief David Shaff is Retiring

Aaron Mesh in the Willamette Week


Water Bureau Head David Shaff is Retiring

Dirk Vanderhart in the Portland Tribune


David Shaff, Water Bureau administrator, is retiring

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


David Shaff talks Randy Leonard, Mount Tabor reservoirs, earthquakes (Q&A)

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


How Gretchen Kafoury left an indelible stamp on Portland

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal


Mountain bikers protest River View Natural Area off-road cycling ban

Tony Hernandez in The Oregonian


Mountain bikers protest park riding ban

KGW News Staff


Portland rain sends sewage into Willamette River

The Associated Press in KOIN 6 News


City: Rain causes sewer overflow into Willamette

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Heavy Portland rainfall causes sewage overflow into Willamette River
Rebecca Woolington in The Oregonian

PNCA celebrates its new home

March 23, 2015

On Friday evening, Nick was honored to represent the city at an important milestone: the grand opening of the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s new home, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art & Design.

Nick joined PNCA President Tom Manley, Arlene and Jordan Schnitzer, Governor Kate Brown, Senator Ron Wyden, Congressmen Earl Blumenauer and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, former and current PDC staff and Board members, architect Brad Cloepfil, and many others to celebrate the grand opening.

PNCA’s new home at 511 NW Broadway was almost a decade in the making. The historic building opened in 1919 as a Post Office, and later served as Federal offices before becoming vacant in 2005. That’s when Tom Manley’s vision for a new PNCA took shape.

Congratulations to all the public and private partners for securing PNCA’s foundation for the next 100 years.