Fair Hearing Officer

One fair hearing officer is scheduled to a case and attends hearings on an as-needed basis.

Fair Hearing Officers

  • Stephen Bither
  • Paul W. Rosenblum
About the Board
The fair hearing officer is charged with the review of any dissatisfaction stemming from any action concerning applicants for the General Assistance program.

Decisions must be in accordance with applicable state laws and city ordinances. The fair hearing officer is required to render a written decision regarding the outcome of a hearing within five working days.

These positions are appointed by the Portland City Council. To qualify as a fair hearing officer, applicants must have the ability to conduct hearings with a five-day notice have the ability to be fair, impartial, unbiased, and have no personal or financial interest, direct or indirect, in the hearing or its outcome.