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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

Commissioner Fish appoints new BES Director

May 8, 2015

City Commissioner Nick Fish announced today his appointment of Michael Jordan as the new Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES).

“I am delighted that Michael Jordan accepted my offer to lead the Bureau of Environmental Services,” said Commissioner Fish. “He brings an extensive record of public and private sector experience to the City, and shares my commitment to stabilizing rates, improving transparency, and strengthening accountability.”

Jordan’s appointment follows a national recruitment to fill the position. Commissioner Fish and his team worked with bureau employees, partner organizations, and community members to develop the recruitment materials, review applications and interview candidates.

Commissioner Fish sought a leader with strong skills in collaborative leadership and management, strategic thinking, equity, communication, innovation, and more. “Mike rose to the top of a very strong candidate pool,” said Commissioner Fish, “and will continue BES’s proud tradition of environmental stewardship and cost-effective delivery of sewer and stormwater services.”

Jordan previously served the State of Oregon as the Director of the Department of Administrative Services and Chief Operating Officer, and the region as Chief Operating Officer for Metro. He held elected office as a County Commissioner in Clackamas County and served as City Administrator in Canby. Jordan spent over a decade working for Pacific Power and Light Company.

Jordan holds a B.S. in Social Science from Portland State University.

“I am honored to be chosen by Commissioner Fish to head the Bureau of Environmental Services and very excited to return to my roots in city government,” said Michael Jordan. “I’m looking forward to engaging Portlanders on the challenging and important work of the bureau.”

Jordan’s annual salary will be $185,000. He will assume his duties June 1, 2015.

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