A veteran Multnomah County employee has filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission against county Chairman Jeff Cogen for presiding over a board resolution July 25 that called for Cogen's resignation. 

The resolution came on the heels of revelations that Cogen had carried on a nearly-two-year affair with Sonia Manhas, also a county employee. Details of the affair led Cogen's four colleagues on the county board to seek his resignation.

Here's the substance of the complaint filed by Stephen Young, who works as a county mental health clinician. 


WW obtained Young's compliant from the Ethics Commission this morning. When contacted, Young stressed he filed it as a private citizen and on his own time.

Young says he found it troubling that Cogen led a proceeding in which his behavior and continued employment as the county's top official was the topic.