Water investigation spawns resignation demand

Luxury carpets, a custom sink, hip furniture, lavish tiles and a million dollars in change orders are at the center of an audit into a state-of-the-art City of Portland building.
Luxury carpets, a custom sink, hip furniture, lavish tiles and a million dollars in change orders are at the center of an audit into a state-of-the-art City of Portland building.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Supporters of a change to Portland’s water management are expected to demand the resignation of the City’s sewer administrator Wednesday in front of City Hall.

City of Portland Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott
City of Portland Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott

Portlanders for Water Reform is set to hold a 9 a.m. news conference calling on Dean Marriott to step down.

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The action follows one day after a KOIN investigation revealed a newly constructed wastewater treatment building‘s price tag greatly exceeded estimates, costing tax payers $8 million more than originally budgeted in 2010.

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Portlanders for Water Reform will also request the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office investigate the use of funds.

The group has been the leading proponent of a May ballot initiative which would transfer water governance from the City to a seven-member board of publicly elected directors.

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