(Oregonian (Portland, OR) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 05--The city of Portland will conduct a national search to hire a chief financial officer who will head the new Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services.
On Wednesday, the Portland City Council will give the official go-ahead for those efforts, which will undue Mayor Charlie Hales' decision last year to eliminate the chief financial officer post.
Once hired, Portland's new bureau director would earn up to $177,029 and oversee the city's tax collections, debt and accounting functions, among other things.
The hiring will move the city past a whistleblower and budgeting scandal that rocked City Hall last year.
The city's former chief financial officer, Rich Goward, stepped forward as a whistleblower against the city's former chief administrative officer, who was accused of trying to dip into water and sewer reserves to balance the budget.
Hales said he eliminated the CFO post to cut management positions, not because Goward was a whistleblower. Goward received one year's salary as severance. Hales eventually fired the chief administrative officer, Jack D. Graham.
An outside consultant later recommended restoring the chief financial officer position. As part of a broader reorganization of the Office of Management & Finance, tax collection functions will be moved under the restored position, giving the new CFO more authority.
Thomas Lannom, who heads the revenue division, will remain in his existing role.
The new position will officially be called the Revenue and Financial Services Director and will serve as the chief financial officer.
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