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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.
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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.

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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

County Attorney Offered Jeff Cogen Legal Advice Before Launching Inquiry Into His Affair

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Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen claims he didn't violate any county rules when he had a yearlong affair with a county health department staffer. 

County rules prohibit supervisors having...   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen Admits to Affair With County Health Department Official

He says he has no plans to resign

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Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen tonight admitted an extramarital affair with a female county employee.
Cogen told WW Tuesday night in an interview about the affair at county headquarters he deeply regretted the harm he'd done to his wife and two children, and said he was sorry. "It was a mistake," Cogen says of the affair. "People will have to decide whether to ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Hales Suspends Baruti Artharee for One Week

City Commissioner Nick Fish Says Suspension Not Strong Enough

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Mayor Charlie Hales this afternoon announced his decision on the discipline he's handing to Baruti Artharee, his top advisor on the Portland Police Bureau, for suggestive comments toward Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith at an event in June. 
Hales has chosen to suspend Artharee, 60, for one week without pay and ordered him to complete diversity tra...   More
 
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Mayoral Aide Artharee Sends Hand-Written Apology to Commissioner Smith

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Baruti Artharee, Mayor Charlie Hales' public safety advisor, yesterday sent a hand-written apology (PDF) to County Commissioner Loretta Smith after an event last Thursday at which A...   More
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh
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