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Meet the City’s new leadership team

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Members of the City of Portland leadership team pose as a group, holding signs that show the areas they oversee. From left to right: Sonia Schmanski (Vibrant Communities), Priya Dhanapal (Public Works), Jonas Biery (Budget and Finance), Michael Jordan (City Administrator), Sara Morrissey (City Operations), Donnie Oliveira (Community and Economic Development), Mike Myers (Public Safety)
A city administrator and six deputy city administrators were appointed to prepare for the launch of the mayor/council form of government in January 2025.
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A new phase of the voter-approved changes to Portland’s government is underway: forming a leadership team to pilot Portland’s new organizational structure. This spring, Portland’s elected officials appointed these leaders to serve on the citywide leadership team to align the new service areas, advance citywide priorities, and prepare the organization for the complete transition by Jan. 1, 2025. An assistant city administrator will be identified soon. 

Bureaus will be organized under new service areas for improved collaboration

Together, the mayor and the city administrator will oversee day-to-day operations, while six deputy city administrators and an assistant city administrator will lead service areas and teams.  Service areas now include clusters of common bureaus and programs brought together for strategic results and alignment.  The new structure requires a city administrator to report to the executive mayor, while an expanded legislative city council will represent geographic districts and pass laws.

When approving the new organizational structure last fall, council retained authority to select leaders for the areas they oversee. The recent announcements nearly filled the leadership team.

Michael Jordan, the city’s current chief administrative officer, was appointed by Mayor Ted Wheeler to serve as the city administrator. 

New appointments for the deputy positions include Jonas Biery for Budget and Finance; Priya Dhanapal for Public Works; the mayor’s deputy chief of staff, Sara Morrissey, for City Operations; Planning and Sustainability Director Donnie Oliveira for Community and Economic Development; and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Sonia Schmanski for Vibrant Communities. 

They join Mike Myers, who was appointed earlier this year as the deputy city administrator for Public Safety. The sole position that remains vacant is the assistant city administrator. 

This leadership team will help prepare for the City's full transition to a mayor-council form of government on Jan. 1, 2025.  

“The new leadership team started meeting in late April and will be closely coordinating in the months to come,” said City Administrator Michael Jordan. “It is a great group of leaders who are committed to building out their service areas and working together on citywide initiatives, projects, and culture. They are ready to partner with council members, bureau teams and community to lead the organization into the new year.”

Read more about our new City of Portland leaders on our website

  • Assistant City Administrator: TBD  (To be appointed by Mayor Ted Wheeler)

Visit Portland.Gov/Vote/Questions for additional information on city organization and roles and responsibilities.