Former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen to Head Charter School


Former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen, who resigned last September after admitting having an affair with a county health department employee, is taking a new job as the head of Portland's Leadership and Entrepreneurship Public Charter High School. LEP, which is located at 2044 East Burnside St., served 271 students last year. Cogen practiced law in California and ran an organic bakery in Portland ...   More
Friday, August 22, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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


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


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.

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


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


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.

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


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


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


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


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