Ex-PFR Chief Mike Myers coming back to Portland

Civic Affairs

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Mike Myers, who resigned as Portland Fire Chief on January 3 to move to the Oregon coast with his wife, was named the head of the city’s Emergency Management bureau on Monday.

Myers’s resignation came a day after Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty was sworn into office. Myers presented Hardesty with her safety helmet earlier in the day before his resignation was announced. 

Portland Fire Chief Mike Myers resigned Thursday, citing a desire to move to the coast. 

Myers, who joined the Portland fire bureau in July 2016, took a position as the emergency manager for the City of Cannon Beach. 

“I love the coast and my wife has already moved there and it is my strong desire to join her,” Myers said in January.

But he will return to the city as the new director for the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management.

In a statement, Hardesty said when she became aware “he really wanted to focus his career in emergency management, I reached out to him to see if we would consider coming back to Portland to work with me in this arena and I was overjoyed when he said yes.”

Myers said he is “so energized to work under Commissioner Hardesty’s visionary leadership.”

He will take over the reins at the Bureau of Emergency Management on June 1.

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