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Read former PBOT Director Tom Miller's farewell email to staff

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
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Yesterday was the last day for Tom Miller as Director of PBOT.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Mayor Hales asks PBOT Director Tom Miller to resign - Updated

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
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Tom Miller speaking at a conference
in Salem back in April.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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.)
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Facing further cuts, PBOT floats new revenue ideas at budget meeting

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
PBOT Director Tom Miller at a meeting
of his Budget Advisory Committee
last night.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The budget outlook for the Bureau of Transportation is a bit better this year than it was last year; but things are still grim. I attended the first of three PBOT Budget Advisory Committee meetings last night to get the lowdown and words like "triage" were being thrown around. But amid the doom and gloom, there are some interesting developments to report that could brighten the picture.

The big takeaway from last night is that PBOT is prepping for a $4.5 million budget gap in fiscal 2013-14 (which runs July-June). Those cuts are to be ongoing cuts, which means coupled with last year's huge cuts, the bureau is seriously hurting. (more...)

PBOT Director Tom Miller was offered City of Tucson transportation director job

Friday, July 13th, 2012
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PBOT Director Tom Miller at the Oregon
Active Transportation Summit in
April 2012.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The TucsonVelo.com bike blog is reporting that current Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Tom Miller applied for a job to lead the City of Tucson, Arizona's transportation department. According to publisher Michael McKisson, Miller beat out all the other candidates and was initially offered the position, but city officials rescinded the offer and have now selected another candidate.

Here's more from McKisson:

Tucson has a new transportation director, but only after rescinding an offer to Portland’s head of transportation... Michael Graham, the City of Tucson’s public information officer, confirmed yesterday that the position was originally offered on contingency to Portland’s transportation director Tom Miller. Graham said the city reevaluated the situation and determined that Cole would be a better fit for the position.

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At Summit, PBOT Director announces new 10% bike mode split goal

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
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Director of PBOT, Tom Miller, at the
Oregon Active Transportation Summit.

During a speech at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit in Salem yesterday, PBOT Director Tom Miller got advocates up to speed on the funding crisis at the agency and organizational changes they've made that could reap benefits for bicycling. In addition, Miller made the unexpected announcement that PBOT will soon roll out a formal 10% bike mode split goal, a step in accountability he says is unprecedented.

Miller said PBOT is being forced to adapt and change due to a "crisis in transportation" that revolves around funding. He said Portland has a 21st century transportation vision they are trying to carry out with a 20th century funding model. (more...)

Mayoral candidates say they'd fire PBOT Director: Tom Miller responds - UPDATED

Friday, March 16th, 2012
Tom Miller in May 2011.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

According to The Oregonian's City Hall reporter Beth Slovic, PBOT Director Tom Miller is not likely to keep his job if Charlie Hales or Eileen Brady win the mayoral election.

Both candidates made their intention to make the change in separate interviews with The Oregonian this week:

"I believe we need to change the leadership at the Transportation Bureau, and we need to do it on day one," Brady said in an interview with The Oregonian on Wednesday about her priorities should she win.

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"This isn't personal," he [Hales] said on Friday. "There are major issues in the bureau, and it needs a fresh and fully qualified leader."

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PBOT unveils major reforms to address budget crisis

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
Map shows PBOT's new "streets of
citywide significance".
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The Portland Bureau of Transportation has released an update on their 2012-2013 budget situation. As we suspected, a major shrinking of their budget has resulted in a restructuring of how the bureau will prioritize spending. In other big news, PBOT Director Tom Miller has unveiled a set of "organizational evolutions" that will change the face of the bureau. (more...)

PBOT Director Tom Miller lays out perspectives on politics, bicycling

Thursday, April 14th, 2011
Miller addressed the BAC on Tuesday.
(Photo: Patrick Croasdaile)

Tom Miller, the former Chief of Staff for Portland Mayor Sam Adams who was appointed Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) back in January, formally introduced himself to the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC) on Tuesday night.

His words offered a striking contrast from his predecessor Sue Keil (and in some regards, his boss, Mayor Sams Adams). He spoke of the bureau's communication missteps, his intentions to put forward bold ideas and the political realities that those ideas will have to overcome. (more...)

Mayor Adams names Tom Miller as new Director of PBOT

Friday, January 7th, 2011
Tom Miller is the new Director of the Bureau of Transportation.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Denver goes big for bike-share, while Portland waits and sees

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
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Portlanders demo'd public bikes at a
City hosted event last summer.
(Photos © J. Maus)

With their recent launch of 500 bikes and 50 kiosks, Denver is now home to the largest bike-sharing system in the United States. Bike-sharing has yet to catch fire in the U.S. like it has in Europe, so Denver's foray will be watched closely by other U.S. cities, like Portland, that have shown interest in the concept.
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