Dan Saltzman

Dan Saltzman
Dan Saltzman
Portland City Commissioner
Assumed office
Constituency Portland, Oregon
Multnomah County Commissioner
In office
Constituency Multnomah County, Oregon
Personal details
Born Portland, Oregon
Residence Portland, Oregon
Alma mater Cornell University

Dan Saltzman is an elected commissioner serving in the City Council of Portland in Portland, Oregon.


Saltzman is a Portland native who attended schools in the Portland area and on the east coast before entering a career in environmental engineering. He graduated from Beaverton High School , received a B.S. from Cornell University's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and an M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His political career has included a staff position with US Senator Ron Wyden, five years as a Multnomah County Commissioner (1993–1998), and his current third term as a City of Portland Commissioner.

Saltzman was first elected to Portland’s City Council in November 1998, defeating former Multnomah County Commission colleague Tanya Collier.[1] He won on a platform that included domestic violence and child abuse, issues that were generally in the purview of the Multnomah County Commission. According to The Oregonian, he did not offer many specifics about his approach to these issues during his campaign.[2] Saltzman, previously an environmental engineering consultant, was initially assigned the following bureaus by then-Mayor Vera Katz: the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC), the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES).[3]

Saltzman has established two bureaus during his service with the City of Portland: the Office of Sustainable Development in 2000 [1] and the Children’s Investment Fund in 2002.[2][citation needed]. The Children's Investment Fund was renamed the Portland Children's Levy in 2009.[3]

As assigned to him by Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Saltzman now oversees the following City of Portland bureaus, funds and systems: the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), the Portland Children's Levy, the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence, and the Fire & Police Disability & Retirement (FPDR) system.[4]

From January 2009 until recently, Commissioner Saltzman oversaw the Portland Police Bureau as well, until a high-profile dispute with the Mayor's office over proposed cuts to the police budget. On May 12, 2010, a week before Portland voters would decide whether or not to reelect Commissioner Saltzman for a fourth term, Adams reassigned the Police Bureau back to the Mayor's office and simultaneously fired Chief Rosie Sizer, installing East Precinct Commander Mike Reese as the new Chief of Police.[5]

Despite multiple challengers in his primary on May 18, 2010, Saltzman received over 50% of the vote and was reelected for a fourth term as City Commissioner.[6]

Saltzman's work on the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) in 2011 caused severe public outcry in what has been deemed the "flushing the poor" sewage upgrade in which hundreds of houses, largely the oldest and poorest homes, were served letters demanding sudden payments to the BES for "sewer upgrades" costing on average $7000. Several community action committees have mobilized against this move by Saltzman, but with budgetary constraints caused largely by Saltzman's outlandish Rose Festival upgrades over the previous 2 years, any change in policy is unlikely. [7] [8]


  • Larabee, M. (2008, December 16). Adams will unveil city reorganization. The Oregonian.
  1. ^ MICHELE PARENTE (November 10, 1998). "SALTZMAN GAINS COLLIERS BEST WISHES". The Oregonian. 
  2. ^ "City Council: 1999". The Oregonian. November 28, 1998. 
  3. ^ JANET CHRIST (December 30, 1998). "KATZ DIVVIES UP BUREAUS FOR NEW COUNCIL YEAR". The Oregonian. 

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