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Mayor Wheeler Hires New Deputy Chief of Staff

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The Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler is pleased to announce the hire of Jamal Fox as the Mayor’s new Deputy Chief of Staff. Fox comes with a wealth of experience in local government, most recently serving as the Property & Business Development Manager for Portland Parks & Recreation.

At the age of 25, Fox was elected to the Greensboro City Council in North Carolina as the youngest ever to be elected. He was later re-elected and served until 2017. He then moved to Portland with his family.

"I am looking forward to being a part of a strong and high performing team of professionals. It is an honor and privilege to serve the Portland community through the Mayor’s Office. I have many goals, but one of my top priorities is to ensure that the values and policies championed by Mayor Ted Wheeler and his team will have a lasting legacy in Portland - values rooted in equity and economic prosperity for all, where Portlanders will experience the benefits of the work we do now for generations to come. I look forward to working with the Mayor’s Team, Council Offices, and the community, as we come together to overcome the challenges of our time.”

Jamal Fox

Before being elected, Fox worked for the City of Greensboro in the City Manager’s Office and the Department of Planning and Community Development and is also a former North Carolina A&T State University Political Science Adjunct Professor.

“I am pleased to welcome Jamal Fox to the team. His extensive experience as a former elected leader, educator, and as a community advocate will be invaluable to our team. I look forward to his leadership as we continue to work hard for all Portlanders.”

Mayor Ted Wheeler

On a personal note, Fox is a proud husband and a new father. His first day will be July 5th, 2019.

He takes over the role left vacant after the Mayor promoted his then Deputy Chief of Staff, Kristin Dennis, to Chief of Staff earlier this year.