December 06, 2010

Portland Development Commission Executive Director Bruce Warner today announced his retirement to staff at an all-employee meeting. Warner stated that Friday, December 31 was scheduled to be his last day, but at the urging of Mayor Sam Adams and PDC Board Chair Scott Andrews, he has agreed to stay at PDC until April 1, 2011. This will allow time for the search for a new executive director to take place and will also allow Warner to lead the PDC budget process, which is now under way. Warner has served as PDC’s executive director since July 2005.

“Bruce Warner has enjoyed a long and illustrious career, making a positive impact on the quality of life for the citizens of Portland, the region and the state,” said Mayor Adams. “Bruce’s steady leadership has allowed PDC to become the outstanding agency it is today. It is further testament to Bruce’s commitment and dedication that he has agreed to stay on through this spring.”

“My time at PDC has been fascinating and incredibly satisfying,” said Warner. “We have completed many outstanding projects and launched a number of exciting initiatives during my tenure, but it is the PDC staff who have made the biggest impression on me. Their commitment, professionalism and passion for making Portland a better place are what I have always found most rewarding.”

“It has been an enormous pleasure to work with Bruce during my time on the Commission,” said Board Chair Scott Andrews. “The projects he has led have touched virtually every corner of Portland and should be counted as part of his legacy to the city.”