Former PBOT Planning Division Manager Paul Smith,
standing, was a key figure in drawing up plans like
the Sullivan's Gulch Corridor project.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)
A pair of key job openings, one very large and one quite small, could help the Portland Bureau of Transportation pivot into an agency that, at every level, prioritizes the movement of people instead of the movement of cars.
Or the other way around.
The big position is the city's transportation planning manager, a role recently vacated by Paul Smith. As head of the team that sets big priorities for the city's streets and then convenes stakeholders to work out specific plans to change them, the new planning manager will set an important tone for the office.
New PBOT Director Leah Treat said in an interview with BikePortland last week that upon joining the department, she personally rewrote the hiring description to fit her goal of finding "an unconventional person" for the role.