Gov. Kate Brown, While Calling For Greater Government Integrity, Is Still Targeting Whistleblowers

A continuing Oregon State Police investigation into email leaks is "chilling."


Since taking office Feb. 18, Gov. Kate Brown has publicly made honest and open government a top priority. She has introduced three bills aimed at tightening Oregon's lax approach to government ethics, and she has  promised a thorough audit of how state agencies respond to requests for public records. Last night, Brown got a warm shout-out from MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who applauded a voter ...   More
Thursday, March 19, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Department of Administrative Services Director Michael Jordan Resigns: Updated

State's chief operating officer ordered criminal investigation into publication of Kitzhaber emails.


Michael Jordan, the director of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, abruptly announced his resignation to agency staff this morning. Jordan, who is in effect the state's chief operating officer, made what observers believe was a career-ending choice the morning of Feb. 18 when he ordered a criminal investigation by the Oregon State Police into how WW obtained personal emails from former ...   More
Thursday, March 5, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Hires Metro's Michael Jordan to Be Oregon's Chief Operating Officer

Oregon State Capitol.

 One day after announcing he was bringing Clackamas County Chairwoman Lynn Peterson into his cabinet, Gov. John Kitzhaber revealed today he is reaching into Metro to hire that agency's chief operating officer.The Democratic governor is hiring long-time Metro chief operating officer Michael Jordan to become Oregon's first chief operating officer. Jordan, who's been Metro's COO since 2003, will ...   More
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 HANK STERN

Still On Life-Support: Metro Punts on HQ Hotel

Metro was scheduled to vote on whether to move forward with the long-planned but never built "headquarters hotel" today. Tourism boosters continue to cling to hopes of finding a way to finance a 600-room hotel adjacent to the Metro-owned Oregon Convention Center. But instead of the council addressing the issue, Metro Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan booted the decision four months into ...   More
Thursday, December 18, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Headquarters Hotel Delayed Again

In a shocking breach of diligence, we have neglected to report that the long-proposed (20 years and counting) "headquarters hotel" that Mayor Sam Adams and others want to build adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center has been delayed (PDF) yet again. Proponents have struggled to find financing for the project and to convince skeptics that it makes sense. On June 30, Metro Chief Operating Officer ...   More
Friday, July 17, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Final (For Now) Nail in HQ Hotel's Coffin

Metro Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan has "regretfully" filed [PDF] a "formal notice of termination" with the group hired to develop a "headquarters hotel" adjacent to Metro's Oregon Convention Center. This notice on Tuesday formalizes what elected officials had already concluded. But like dandelions, kudzu and Freddy Krueger, the proposed hotel —which has been in some stage of ...   More
Thursday, October 1, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS


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