Kitzhaber aide manages Oregon's daily operations

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Michael Jordan has a job that doesn't exist in Oregon state law, and he calls the post "still a figment of the governor's imagination."

But Jordan has big-time authority, a mandate from Gov. John Kitzhaber to oversee the day-to-day operations of a state government with 92 agencies and 150 boards and commissions in a way that leaves elected officials free to set policy.

Kitzhaber calls Jordan the state's "chief operating officer," and he's the first person to hold the position. Jordan tells the Statesman Journal (http://stjr.nl/soyXiR) that he envisions it eventually being enshrined in the state constitution.

Without a strong manager, Jordan says, state government encourages inefficient and insulated bureaucracies.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com