An Evening with Chris Jordan: “Changing Organizational Culture”

Two Organizations-One Great Event


ELGL is excited to announce a joint event with the student chapter of ICMA at Portland State University.  Part of developing emerging leaders is reaching out to students and student organizations, we have done On Campus features on Portland State, University of North Carolina, University of North Texas, and others.  To take our support of MPA students to the next level we are co-sponsoring this event with the ICMA student chapter, but this event isn’t just for students!

What are the details?

urban centerMark your calendars for April 2nd at 6:00 pm! Chris Jordan, City Manager of West Linn, Oregon will be speaking about “Changing Organizational Culture”.  There will be boxed dinners for all attendees and for you PSU students with class at 4:00 or 6:40 feel free to come to part of the event.  The location is still to be determined but it will be on the Portland State campus.

Now let’s meet the speaker…

chris jordanChris Jordan was an early supporter of ELGL , he was one of our first speakers and supported our efforts to put on the first ELGL Conference last October.  Chris has been the City Manager of West Linn, a town of 25,425, since October of 2005.  8 plus years on the job makes him one of the longest tenured City Managers in the Portland metro area.  Prior to starting at West Linn, Chris worked at the City of Lake Oswego for 10 years and served as the interim City Manager for the City of Oregon City.  His first public sector job was working for the Office of Management and Budget in Washington D.C. We’re glad he chose to jump career paths and come over to local government.

WL snowChanging the culture of an organization is something that Chris has had to do in West Linn and the City Hall of 2014 is much different than the City Hall of 2005 when Chris took over.  Prior to his tenure as City Manager the Finance Director of West Linn was embezzling funds and stole $1.4 million between 2000 and 2005.  This required a lot of work from Chris and his staff to audit all of the financial documents from that period, correct all of the books, and get the City’s finances back in order.  Now the City is in strong financial health.  Chris has also had to deal with difficult elected officials and citizens at West Linn.  A former Mayor resigned under allegations of lying on an election form and currently three councilors are facing a recall petition.

Chris Jordan has learned through experience how to change an organization going through a difficult period into one that is healthy and efficient, so join us on April 2nd at 6:00 pm!

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