, who is about to end eight years at the helm of Metro
, has ended speculation about his near-term political future. Bragdon announced today that he is moving to New York City to work for Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the director of long-term planning and sustainability.
Bragdon, who has been mentioned as a possible Portland mayoral candidate in 2012, is leaving Metro on September 7, four months before his term ends. His departure will set off a frantic effort to fill his seat temporarily. On an immediate basis, Metro deputy president Carlotta Collette will become acting president.
Bragdon's leadership of the regional government will be remembered for the addition of substantial green spaces to the region, bringing fiscal sanity to Metro's budget, somewhat frosty relations with the suburbs, and an ongoing wrestling match over the issue of whether to expand the urban growth boundary.
Bragdon is apparently putting his condo at the Elliot downtown on the market.