From the Oregonian via Romenesko:
In early 2008, Amy Ruiz was a reporter at the Portland Mercury news weekly when she confronted Sam Adams about his relationship with an 18-year-old man three years earlier.*Update: Adams has shown an affinity for the press - he's apparently dating Oregonian reporter, and former Los Angeles Daily Journal staffer, Peter Zuckerman.
By the end of the year, Ruiz had joined Adams' staff as a planning and sustainability policy adviser.
The two events have opened Adams and his staff to questions about whether Adams hired Ruiz -- who had no formal experience in planning, policy or as an analyst -- to stop her from digging deeper into the story
Although Portland is packed with urban planners looking for a gig, Miller said he wasn't necessarily searching for a technocrat. He wanted someone who could translate the benefits of the city's planning work to the masses.