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Posted on: September 29, 2021

Corporation Counsel Danielle West Nominated to Serve as Interim City Manager

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Mayor Kate Snyder and the City Council announced today they are nominating Portland’s Corporation Counsel, Danielle West, to serve as Interim City Manager once City Manager Jon Jennings departs on November 1, 2021. West’s nomination will be voted on during the October 4, 2021 City Council meeting. If approved, she would assume duties on November 2 until a new City Manager is hired, and earn $181,079 while in the role. 

The Mayor and Council will also vote on October 4 to appoint Associate Corporation Counsel Jennifer Thompson as the Acting Corporation Counsel while West serves as Interim City Manager.

"I’m honored to receive the Mayor and Council’s nomination and I appreciate the support they’ve shown in me with this decision,” said Danielle West. “I’d like to thank Jon Jennings for his steadfast leadership over the last six years. I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue to work with the City's strong team of Department Heads and all City staff in carrying out our important operational and policy work, including the implementation of the City Council’s goals.”

“I’m thankful that Danielle has agreed to step-up and serve as Interim City Manager during this time of transition. It’s critically important that City staff continue to have known, effective leadership in place while the Council conducts its search for a permanent City Manager,” said Mayor Kate Snyder. “We believe Danielle’s expertise, her institutional knowledge, and her relationships both in City Hall and in the community will serve the City well. I’d also like to thank Jennifer Thompson for her willingness to step up and lead the Corporation Counsel’s office during this time.” 

“As the city goes through these transitions, we need someone with a long history of understanding all aspects of City operations, solid relationships with staff, partners and the community at large,” said At-Large Councilor Pious Ali. “At the moment I can't think of anyone to lead us through these changes other than Danielle West, and I am looking forward to working with her.”


The City Council has held two workshops recently to discuss moving forward with a city manager search process. Mayor Snyder is expected to appoint a City Manager Hiring subcommittee at an upcoming Council meeting which will begin the process for the forthcoming search. 

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