It appears that what we are now witnessing at Portland City Hall is a governance train wreck that was easily foreseen when the position of full-time mayor was created in 2010.

A city should not have a mayor in a city manager form of government. A mayor is not necessary to “develop policies” because policy should be developed jointly by the city manager, City Council and citizens, not a politician.

The council recently acted wisely to eliminate the position of assistant to the mayor. It should now abolish the position of mayor, which is redundant, wasteful, unnecessary and distracting from the important matters facing our city.

Roger Vogt

Portland