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Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen Resigns

UPDATE: Marissa Madrigal will replace Cogen; says she's "laser-focused" on job.

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ORIGINAL POST, 12:01 pm:
Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen is resigning, effective Sept. 16.
"I’ve always told my children that we must face the consequences of our actions," Cogen writes in a statement. "It is time for me to follow my own advice."Cogen's chief of staff, Marissa Madrigal—who    More
 
Friday, September 6, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Jeff Cogen's Chief of Staff Resigns

Marissa Madrigal will take pay cut to stay at Multnomah County

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Embattled Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen suffered a major loss today: His chief of staff, Marissa Madrigal, resigned to take a job in the county's human resources department.
Cogen, the county's top elected official, is currently under criminal investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice, which is examining the circumstances around his nearly two-year affair wi...   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Jeff Cogen Skipped Labor Picnic

Here's who showed up to stump for union votes.

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Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen was conspicuously absent from the Northwest Oregon Labor Council’s annual Oaks Amusement Park picnic on Sept. 2, as WW reports in this morning's paper.

Why does that absence matter? The Labor Day pic...   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

County's Largest Union Warned Cogen About Affair 11 Months Ago

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At least nine months prior to Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen's July admission of his affair with a county employee, the president of the county's largest union warned Cogen employees were talking about that extra-marital relationship.
Last September, Michael Hanna, the president of the American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees Local 88, cal...   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Jeff Cogen Took Second Atlanta Trip with Sonia Manhas

Manhas confirms second trip, paid for by Multnomah County.

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County Chair Jeff Cogen did not tell the truth last week about the extent of his use of county resources to conduct an affair with a county health department employee named Sonia Manhas. In an interview one week ago today, Cogen said he had traveled with Manhas to Atlanta in 2012 for a Center for Disease Control conference and twice to Salem during the 2013 legislative session.
Asked if...   More
 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

County Emails Include Flirting Between Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas

"You're the only thing that makes the photo enjoyable..."

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Multnomah County is planning to release County Chairman Jeff Cogen's emails with county employee Sonia Manhas this afternoon.
On Tuesday evening, Cogen, the county's highest-ranking official, admitted that he'd carried on a two-year-long affair with Manhas, the policy and planning director for the Multnomah County Health Department.
Cogen acknowledged in the Tuesday in...   More
 
Friday, July 19, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

County Emails Show Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas Discussed Her Promotion

Update: Cogen promised he'd run interference with Manhas' boss

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ORIGINAL POST, 1:46 pm: Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen used government email to discuss a job promotion with county employee Sonia Manhas while the two were having an affair, documents released today by the county show.
Cogen admitted on Tuesday that he had a lengthy affair with Manhas, but denied helping her advance to a job paying $103,000 a year. But WW...   More
 
Friday, July 19, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Jeff Cogen Served as Reference When Woman He Was Having An Affair With Got Promotion

County chair previously denied helping Sonia Manhas get $98,000-a-year job

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On Tuesday night Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen said he'd had no role in a promotion given last September to Sonia Manhas, the county employee with whom he was having an affair when she got new job and a big pay increase.But Manhas listed only two references in her application for the job. One of them was Jeff Cogen.

Sonia Manhas' referencesAs WW    More
 
Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Taxpayers Spent $2,238 To Send Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas to Atlanta Together

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Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas, a county health department employee, spent more than $2,238 in county funds on a 2012 trip to Atlanta, according to county records released tonight.
On Tuesday night, Cogen told WW the two were having an affair at the time they took the trip to a conference.
When Cogen and Manhas flew to Atlanta in on February ...   More
 
Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

County Attorney Launches Inquiry into Jeff Cogen's Affair

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Multnomah County Attorney Jenny M. Madkour told WW this afternoon that she has begun an inquiry into County Chair Jeff Cogen's affair with Sonia Manhas, a policy and planning director in the Multnomah County Health Department.
"I am the attorney for the county, so I will review all facts that come before me in terms of violations of county policy or law," Madkour say...   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh
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