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 ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 AARON MESH

AFSCME Local 88 Endorses Jim Francesconi

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Multnomah County's largest employee union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 88, last night endorsed former City Commissioner Jim Francesconi in the race for county chair. The union membership voted last night, at a forum where Francesconi debated his opponent, recent County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury. Francesconi and Kafoury are vying for Multnomah County's top elected ...   More
 
Thursday, February 20, 2014 AARON MESH

Murmurs: News Hotter Than Jeff Cogen’s Love of Parades.


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The lesson from the Oregon Department of Justice investigation of former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen: If Cogen had resigned when the story of his affair broke in July, there probably woul   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Multnomah County Commissioners: We're Done Talking About Jeff Cogen

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The five officials on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners put up a united front tonight: They're no longer discussing former Chairman Jeff Cogen's affair with a county employee."Any remaining questions should be directed to either investigators or the two people responsible for this situation: Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas, neither of whom are county employees anymore," the five commissioners ...   More
 
Monday, November 11, 2013 AARON MESH

Department of Justice Won't Charge Jeff Cogen with Any Crimes

Report discusses pot and cocaine allegations, and identifies tipster who revealed Cogen's affair with Sonia Manhas

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The Oregon Department of Justice today declined to charge former Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen with any official misconduct or drug crimes stemming from his two-year affair with county employee Sonia Manhas. The attorney general's office released a 106-page report this afternoon in the wake of leaks, first reported by WW, that the investigation had expanded to include drugs.The report finds insufficient ...   More
 
Friday, November 8, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Murmurs: Cashing In Our Egg McMuffin Vouchers.


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The long-awaited findings of an Oregon Department of Justice criminal investigation into former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen’s affair with former county staffer Sonia Manhas are nearly compl   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Jeff Cogen Starts Work at Signature Gathering Firm

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Former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen confirmed today on his Facebook page that he's begun working for the largest signature gathering firm in state Democratic politics. WW first reported in September that Democracy Resources had offered Cogen a job. Democracy Resources president Ted Blaszak is a longtime friend of Cogen. He offered him a position days before Cogen resigned his office in the ...   More
 
Monday, October 21, 2013 AARON MESH

Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury Will Resign Friday To Run for Board Chair

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Multnomah County Commisioner Deborah Kafoury tells WW that she will resign her seat Friday to run for County Chair.“I’m really proud of the work that we have done at Multnomah County," Kafoury says. "We have made some real gains since I've been on the commission.” Kafoury's announcement is not surprising. Since former chairman Jeff Cogen admitted in July that he'd had an affair with a county ...   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 AARON MESH

Cascade AIDS Project Executive Director Departs Abruptly

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Less than six months after taking over as the new leader of the Cascade AIDS Project, CAP announced executive Glen Gilbert stepped down today.Gilbert was hired April 29 to lead the non-profit, which has an annual budget of $6 million. Gilbert raised eyebrows in July when he testified on behalf of then-Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen, whose colleagues had introduced a resolution asking Cogen ...   More
 
Friday, September 27, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Role-Playing Games

Jeff Cogen’s resignation means local pols are maneuvering for new chairs.


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Jeff Cogen has simplified the 2016 election for Charlie Hales. The embattled Multnomah County chairman announced last week he’ll resign Sept. 16—two months after revelations of his affair wi   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

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