The current mayor of Portland as you may already know is Ted Wheeler. The former mayor of the city is named Sam Adams and after leaving office Adams came to work for Mayor Wheeler as the Director of Strategic Innovations. One week ago, the former mayor sent a letter to the current one announcing that he was leaving his job because of health problems:In an email sent to Wheeler’s staff Tuesday, Adams cited health-related concerns as the reason for his departure. He said he has been struggling with chronic anemia for the past year, and the loss of energy was impacting his ability to do his job.That seemed to be the end of the story, at least initially. But within a few days Mayor Wheeler revealed that he’d fired Adams because there had been multiple complaints about his behavior, especially from female employees. These claims were backed up with emails discussing the complaints.
He wrote in the email that his condition was improving at one point, but a recent round of test results showed that it had begun to worsen again, prompting him to step down to focus on his recovery.Emails obtained by KOIN 6 News related to Sam Adams sudden departure from Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office allege a variety of behaviors including sexually charged conversations to accusations Adams threatened, intimidated and bullied his fellow employees…When confronted with this new spin on why he left his job Adams stuck to his story about resigning for health reasons.
On December 15, 2022, a female employee with the City Attorney’s Office recalled a meeting with Adams. She recounted that meeting as “one of the most unprofessional experiences that I’ve had, not just at the City, but in my career. The initial meeting left me in tears.”On Friday, Adams responded in writing to the accusations.That denial only ensured the story would continue. Today Mayor Wheeler’s office released a statement containing a more detailed breakdown of the complaints that led to Adams’ ouster. Here’s a portion of the statement:
“I provided a quick summary of my health issues and offered to resign, which he (Mayor Wheeler) said OK. This is a knife in the back. There must be something else going on behind the scenes,” he wrote.As an at-will employee in the Mayor’s office, a formal investigation is not necessary to determine Mr. Adam’s continued employment. While the complainants may not have wanted to get involved in formal investigations with Mr. Adams, we felt the complainants raised serious concerns. The Mayor’s office and the Bureau of Human Resources spoke to Mr. Adams about these concerns over the course of his most recent employment. By the end of 2022, the accumulation of serious concerns led the Bureau of Human Resources to recommend ending the City’s employment relationship with Mr. Adams. The Mayor received this recommendation and acted on it…
To be fair, Portland was never really part of my Oregon. Greater Idaho can't come quickly enough.