The Willamette Week reported on New Year's Eve that Mayor Charlie Hales has asked Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Director Tom Miller for his resignation.
According to the Willamette Week, the resignation letter is due on February 4th, which is the day city bureau budgets are due. However, The Oregonian reported today that Miller has already handed in the letter.
What this means for the ongoing budget process (which Miller has spearheaded), remains to be seen (Miller will retain his post until February 4th.) Miller has not made any official comment about the news yet, but we're expecting to hear more from him this week.
This move by Hales isn't a complete surprise; but it seems to have been much more abrupt than expected. Back in March while on the campaign trail, Hales told The Oregonian that he didn't plan on keeping Miller around if he won the election. "This isn't personal," he told The Oregonian, "There are major issues in the bureau, and it needs a fresh and fully qualified leader." (Mayoral candidate Eileen Brady also called for a change in PBOT leadership.)