Portland hires housing safety administrator

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PORTLAND — The city announced Monday it has hired a housing safety administrator to oversee the new Housing Safety Office.

Art Howe, president of outdoor safety and risk management consultant Howe Safety Services, will begin work Sept. 28. The City Council approved the creation of Howe’s office on June 25, following recommendations presented by the Fire/Code Inspections Task Force.

The HSO is charged with implementing a risk-based prioritization process for inspections. It also will conduct inspections, and oversee and enforce the revised landlord registration ordinance that takes effect Jan. 1, 2016.

In a press release, City Manager John Jennings said he is excited to have Howe establish the office.

“(Howe) has the background and expertise to hit the ground running, and he shares my commitment to public safety through safe housing,” Jennings said. “The creation of this office has been a priority of mine since becoming city manager, and I look forward to seeing its progress in the coming months.”