Housing chief’s $80,000 “leave early” gift (again)

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon



Once again, the City of Portland is paying a five-figure severance payment to its Portland Housing Bureau director in exchange for a quiet resignation, according to KGW-TV.


Shannon Callahan, director of the bureau since 2017, will receive half her annual salary—or a bit more than $87,000—when she steps down Aug. 1, according to a July 18 agreement obtained by KGW through a public records request. Both a commissioner and Callahan offered kind words as they parted ways.


She took over the position as director from Kurt Creager, who resigned abruptly with a $96,714 severance package.


According to KGW, it’s common for the city to offer money to bureau directors who leave quietly. City officials are searching for a replacement to help oversee the 10-year goal of creating 2,000 new supportive housing units for the homeless.

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