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Auditor Mary Hull Caballero

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Audit says evaluate street projects' effect on livability

The Bureau of Transportation designs and constructs projects to improve streets for pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles. A recent audit found that planning expectations of projects were met, but the evaluationReport coverof outcomes should be improved.

The City’s goals are outlined in the Transportation System Plan. In addition to goals related to prioritizing certain modes of transportation, such as public transit and bicycling, the plan also includes livability goals, such as access to jobs, schools, grocery stores, and health care, and supporting economic development.

After constructing projects, Transportation evaluates associated traffic data, such as the number of cars or bicyclists using the improved streets, the number of car related crashes, or changes in travel time for cars. However, for livability goals, such as improved local businesses or community development, it is not always clear whether they were accomplished or how the project changed the neighborhood, including any unintended consequences.

Determining how a project affected the neighborhood – for example, what changes residents had to make to their commute, or how they accessed local shops and schools – may require management to commit resources to broader evaluation.

The audit recommends the Bureau develop and fund a consistent evaluation process that includes livability and neighborhood impact assessments and use the results to inform the City’s transportation plans.

Find a copy of the full report here.

-- Alexandra Fercak

Deadline March 6 to file for City offices

The May Primary Election is almost upon us, at least in terms of filing deadlines . March 6, 2018 is the deadline to file as a candidate for the City’s May 15, 2018 Primary Election ballot.

So who’s up for election? Commissioner Numbers 2 and 3 and the Auditor positions will appear on the ballot. Since September, 10 candidates have successfully filed for office. 

City Elections work in two parts with the second part not always being necessary. In the May Primary, all candidates who have filed will appear on the ballot for each position.  Any candidate receiving the majority of votes is elected outright and will take office the following January for a four-year term.  If no individual receives a majority of Portlanders’ votes, the two candidates with the first and second highest number of votes in that race will face-off in November’s General Election.  

Portlanders will also be able to vote “yes” or “no” on a May ballot measure.  Brought by the City Council to voters, Measure 26-197 is a property tax renewal measure and you can read about it here.   

You can find this and more City elections information on the City Elections website.

If you have any questions, contact the City Elections Officer.

The More You Know Section:

Learn about the basic process and requirements to run for office in the City of Portland

Be sure to check and update your voter registration

Local county elections offices have official listings of other candidates and measures on the ballot from around the metro region:

Multnomah County Elections  |   Clackamas County Elections   |   Washington County Elections

Statewide:  View the state elections information and offices on the ballot and who has filed for office

-- City Elections Officer Deborah Scroggin

Seeking applicants for Chief Hearings Officer

Our Chief Hearings Officer has been appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court bench and the process to replace him got underway Jan. 8. Apply by Jan. 29 through the City's online application portal. More information about the position is here.

We're hiring a director for Audit Services!


We're hiring. Join the team.

We are looking for a transformational leader to direct the Audit Services Division. The Director of Audit Services leads a staff of 11, including 10 seasoned performance auditors, and is a member of the Auditor’s management team. Access the online application process here. The deadline is Nov. 17, 2017.  

The successful candidate must demonstrate capacity and commitment to conducting equity analyses, employing modern methods of communicating audit results, and proactively protecting the independence of Audit Services. Audit Services follows Government Auditing Standards. The Director is responsible for effectively managing staff and guiding audits through the planning, fieldwork, and reporting process in accordance with these professional standards. The position requires strong management skills, political acumen, and the ability to present audit findings clearly and persuasively. It requires a leader who initiates ideas, is dedicated to continuous improvement, can master new techniques, and implement change.

The Auditor’s Office values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion in delivering public services and everyday interactions in the workplace. The Office prefers candidates with experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities.

To Qualify:

Competitive candidates typically have:

  • At least eight years of progressively responsible experience in auditing or a related field, such as journalism, performance evaluation, economics or public administration.
  • Three or more years of supervisory experience.

Competitive candidates also must have a demonstrated record of:

  • Effective management, including motivating and evaluating staff performance;
  • Synthesizing complex information and editing text;
  • Applying quantitative and qualitative analytical methods;
  • Communicating results in a variety of formats;
  • Creating a respectful environment that reflects living and working in a multicultural society.

Experience with equity issues and analysis based on race, gender, and income is a plus.

We're hiring a Senior Staff Attorney

Senior staff attorney recruitment

The Portland City Auditor is hiring a senior staff attorney to provide legal and policy advice to the Office of the City Auditor. The senior staff attorney will provide advice to the Auditor and division managers on a broad range of issues related to performance auditing, complaint investigations, public records and meetings, lobbying regulations, and police accountability. To qualify, candidates should have at least 10 years' legal experience and knowledge of government accountability and transparency matters.

Applications materials must be submitted to the City Auditor's Office by 5 p.m., Sept. 29. Find more information here: