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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

The Portland Utility Board

June 11, 2015

Yesterday, City Council unanimously approved Nick’s proposal to launch a new Portland Utility Board (PUB). 

The 9-member PUB will serve as a citizen oversight body to strengthen accountability and transparency at our two public utilities: the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau. The PUB replaces the Public Utility Review Board and the individual utility Budget Advisory Committees.

Creating a new oversight body was one of the recommendations from our Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission, chaired by former U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton.

PUB will meet year-round, and oversee financial plans, capital improvements, annual budget development, and rate setting of the City’s water, sewer, and stormwater services. They will report directly to City Council. 

Interested in serving on the PUB? We are accepting applications through July 10.  

Please submit your application, resume, and any additional information to:

Asena Lawrence:

Office of Commissioner Nick Fish, 1221 SW 4th Ave., Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Portland Utility Board Ordinance

Portland Utility Board Applicant Criteria

Portland Utility Board Interest Form

Commissioner Fish introduces ordinance to create the Portland Utility Board

News Release

Unprecedented transparency for Portland utilities? Commissioner Nick Fish says so

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

Fish wants 9-person Portland Utility Board

Chris Woodard and KOIN News Staff

Portland reworks its utility oversight panels

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

Portlanders could get bigger say on city water, environmental issues

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

Fish submits ordinance to create Portland Utility Board

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune