Metro

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A leopard snoozes at the Oregon Zoo, which is operated by Metro. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Contact

Contact: Andy Shaw, Government Affairs Director
Address: Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland 97232-2736
Phone: 503-797-1700
Fax: 503-797-1799

Councilors

President Lynn Peterson 2022; Dist. 1 Shirley Craddick 2022; Dist. 2 Christine Lewis 2022; Dist. 3 Craig Dirksen 2020; Dist. 4 Juan Carlos Gonzalez 2022; Dist. 5 Sam Chase 2020; Dist. 6 Bob Stacey 2020; Auditor Brian Evans 2022

The council president and auditor are elected regionally. The remaining six councilors are elected by district. All serve four-year terms. The auditor reviews Metro’s operations.

About

Metro is a regional government responsible for managing issues that cross city and county lines, serving more than 1.5 million residents in the 24 cities and three counties in the Portland area. Metro’s core responsibilities include management of the region’s garbage, compost and recycling system; support of the economy through management of the Oregon Convention Center and Expo Center; maintaining what makes this place great and preserving farm and forestland through regional planning and management of the region’s urban growth boundary; preservation of our environment through management of more than 18,000 acres of parks and natural areas; and management of some of the state’s top entertainment venues, including the Oregon Zoo and Portland’5 Centers for the Arts.

Every day, Metro’s 765 full-time equivalent employees work to make sure the Portland region maintains its quality of life through supporting livable communities, waste reduction, environmental restoration and economic opportunity. An elected seven-member council oversees Metro, and its day-to-day affairs are managed by a chief operating officer, who is appointed by the council.

History

The Portland region has been coming together to manage regional planning since the 1940s. In 1957, representatives from Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties formed a Metropolitan Planning Commission to handle some research related to long-range planning. The Metropolitan Service District was formed in 1970, and voters gave it expanded powers in 1979. 

In 1990, voters in the Portland region granted Metro home rule power. The current Metro charter, enacting the seven-member council and appointed chief operating officer, was approved in 2002.​