Environmental Services Holds Nationwide Search for Bureau Director Position

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Following former Environmental Services Director Mike Jordan's transition to the City's Chief Administrative Officer in the Office of Management and Finance, Commissioner Mingus Mapps began a nationwide search in April 2022 for a new Director. Since April, Commissioner Mapp's Office has initiated a multi-step recruitment process centered around engagement. 

In June, the Commissioner's Office surveyed Environmental Services employees on what attributes they would like to see in the Bureau's next director. Later in the summer, the Commissioner's Office spoke to Bureaus with overlapping work, engaged equity practitioners, and met with non-profits and business leader advocates. These actions have helped inform Commissioner Mapps of the top skills and desired attributes he will seek in the next Environmental Services Director.

The position has been posted, and the nationwide open search process began on December 5, 2022. The Director search timeline is as follows:

June-July 2022

  • Environmental Services employee survey
  • Internal focus groups

August 2022

  • Internal focus groups and individual conversations
  • External focus groups

December 2022

  • Job posted and recruitment

January 2023

  • Application closes
  • Candidates notified of an interview

February 2023

  • Interviews
  • Final interview with Commissioner Mapps
  • Reference checks
  • Candidate offer and finalization

For more information about the Director search process, please email Michelle.Rodriguez@portlandoreg… 


The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - your sewer and stormwater utility - provides Portland residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.


Michelle Rodriguez

Senior Policy Advisor, Commissioner Mingus Mapps