PORTLAND, ME — In a move that’s raising many eyebrows, the City of Portland is hiring a senior-level staffer to help the Special Assistant to the Mayor in their duties to assist the Mayor to develop policies, write speeches, and reach out to members of the community and City Council.
The starting salary will range from $65,000-$85,000, depending on experience.
Mayor Ethan Strimling, who was elected in November of 2015, said the “Assistant to the Special Assistant to the Mayor” is desperately needed to allow the Special Assistant to the Mayor to perform their duties.
“This person won’t just be bringing in coffee for the office, screening phone calls and emails, or holding down the role of the Special Assistant to the Mayor while we are across the street at the Portland Chamber of Commerce meeting with the powerful and wealthy donors from major industries who donated to my 2015 campaign. We need to bring this city together and really listen to the people, move forwards not backwards, not left or right, but up. Real change. Razzle dazzle. And that’s why we need this position.”
According to the job posting, the duties of the Assistant to the Special Assistant to the Mayor include answering the phone, talking with constituents, and presiding over City Council Meetings while the Mayor runs his 3-year long re-election campaign.