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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

Meet our summer intern

June 1, 2015

We are delighted to have Lilly Lee join the Fish Team! 

Lilly is currently a Portland Community College student who will transfer to Portland State University in the fall. She’s majoring in International Studies and Early Education. 

Lilly is a Carpe Mundi scholarship recipient. Completing an internship in the Portland community is part of the scholarship requirement – we’re grateful she chose us!  

Another aspect of her scholarship includes traveling abroad. Lilly just spent the last several months living in Central America. 

Carpe Mundi provides mentorship and scholarship for first generation college students. It focuses on creating significant and sustainable social changes within the greater Portland community, as well as increasing global awareness and empathy. 

Lilly’s internship was arranged through Worksystems’ SummerWorks youth employment program. Worksystems is a local non-profit that helps place youth in great summer jobs throughout the city.     

Welcome, Lilly!

City Council to honor Pastor Hardy

June 2, 2015

On Thursday, June 4, at 2:00 pm, the Portland City Council will host a day of appreciation for Rev. Dr. W. G. Hardy, Jr.

Join us to celebrate Pastor Hardy and his lifetime of service to the Portland community, most recently as senior pastor of the Highland Christian Center.

Pastor Hardy has been serving the community for more than 20 years. From head start education and youth ministries to mental health and addiction services, Pastor Hardy’s leadership and advocacy has made a big difference.

During the celebration, we will present an official Proclamation to Pastor Hardy, and then hear from some special guests.

Water Bureau releases annual Drinking Water Quality Report

June 2, 2015

For more than a century, the Portland Water Bureau has been providing safe, clean, and reliable drinking water to nearly one million Oregonians. And thanks to our visionary Bull Run Watershed system, Portland boasts some of the best-tasting drinking water in the world.

As stewards of our great water system, the bureau is proud to release its 2015 Drinking Water Quality Report.

The federally-required report explains our system in detail, including a system map, notes about water treatment, and quality measurements like turbidity, naturally-occurring elements in our water, and more.

At a time when other areas of the west coast are facing major droughts, Portland not only has an abundance of water in the Bull Run – it’s water that meets all public health standards!

Commissioner Fish is proud to serve as Commissioner in charge of your Water Bureau – delivering quality drinking water, from forest to faucet.

Check out the report online. It’s also available in a larger font for the visually-impaired and in languages other than English.

2015 Drinking Water Quality Report

What's in your water? Read Portland report and browse our new database

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

Portland releases report on testing of water supply

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

Nick Fish goes to Washington

“We are a nation that remembers its heroes.”

President Barack Obama ~ June 2, 2015

 June 3, 2015

Yesterday, Nick was honored to attend the Medal of Honor ceremony for Sgt. Henry Johnson at the White House.

Johnson was a member of the famed 369th Infantry Regiment, known as the “Harlem Hellfighters.” Nick’s grandfather, Hamilton Fish, was a Captain in the regiment.

Nick was joined by The Skanner publisher Bernie Foster, and George Hocker, Nick’s former Public Advocate.

It took nearly a century to properly recognize Sgt. Henry Johnson for his extraordinary heroism during WWI, but as President Obama said in his remarks, “it’s never too late to say ‘thank you.’”

Special thanks to Senator Ron Wyden for helping ensure justice for Sgt. Johnson.

Photos from the Medal of Honor Ceremony & Reception

Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Medal of Honor

June 2, 2015

President Obama Awards Medal of Honour to WWI Hero Henry Johnson

Helen Silvis in The Skanner

The Nick Fish connection to a belated Medal of Honor

KGW News

Setting things right is its own award: Editorial 

The Oregonian Editorial Board

WWI hero to receive posthumous Medal of Honor after push from Oregon politicians, newspaper

Jim Ryan in The Oregonian

President to Award Medal of Honor to Sgt Henry Lincoln Johnson

Helen Silvis in The Skanner

Special guest blogger - Lilly Lee

June 3, 2015

My first day at work on Monday, June 1 was very friendly and warm. I was pleased by how welcoming Commissioner Nick Fish’s staff members were, instantly I was welcomed into their little Fish family. I did not get to meet Nick on Monday, since he was at a Medal of Honor Ceremony with President Obama in Washington, D.C. I am very excited and pleased to work with Nick and his crew members.

I went around to all the other Commissioners’ offices and met many staff members. Everyone was very approachable and pleasant, I also got to meet Mayor Charlie Hales. I am looking forward to meeting all the Commissioners of Portland and getting to know each and every one of them.

Later on, I got my picture taken, meaning I am official! I also have my bio up on Commissioner Fish’s website, and a welcoming announcement. I also went over my roles as an Intern: I will be a guest blogger (this is my first entry!), will do research projects, managing databases, drafting web stories for Nick, and many more. I hope to learn new skills from the Fish family.

Today is my second day of working here in the office. This morning I attended City Council. I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed listening to the community needs. I really appreciate the public voicing their desires and wishes to help the community flourish. Getting up to state your needs, wants, and desires is a hard and difficult thing to do. I know it is for me.

I had my first incoming phone call today. I needed a little help, but at the end I pulled through. I want to thank Jenny for helping me with my first phone call and Aja for helping me draft the phone call email to Nick.  

Over all I just want to thank Asena for helping me answering all my questions and everyone at the office for an enjoyable time at work.

I am happy to be a part of the Fish family.