April 9th, 2014 | by AARON MESH News | Posted In: Multnomah County, Health

Multnomah County Cuts Sonia Manhas' Job and Office from the Health Department Budget

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Multnomah County is erasing all traces of Sonia Manhas, the health department employee who had an affair with county chair Jeff Cogen.

They both quit, under duress, after Cogen admitted to the affair last summer.

Many of the questions that dogged Cogen centered on whether he helped Manhas get promoted to run the health department's office of policy and planning, and why he stepped in to save the office's funding.

In this year’s proposed budget, the county plans to eliminate Manhas’ old job and fold the office of policy and planning into another department.

The move saves the budget about $200,000, according to county officials.

Manhas—who pushed public health efforts such as discouraging people from drinking too much sugary soda—helped create the office of policy and planning before applying to run it.

Multnomah County spokeswoman Julie Sullivan-Springhetti says much of the office’s work will continue.

“Really, it’s up to the next health department director and the next (county) chair to decide the county’s priorities and policies around community health,” Sullivan-Springhetti says.

 
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