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Cogen faces a state criminal investigation. He’s not happy. But should he be worried?

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This month, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen will answer questions in a criminal investigation aimed at finding out if he abused his public office while having an affair with a county employee   More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 AARON MESH

Americans For Prosperity Launches PERS Video Campaign

Americans For Prosperity Oregon ad

Americans for Prosperity Oregon has launched a series of TV ads highlighting the retirement benefits of current and past public employees in the state.Among the foils targeted in the ads run by AFP Oregon, a conservative political action group led by former State Rep. Jeff Kropf (R-Sublimity) are former state Rep. Larry Galizio (D-Tigard), now the president of Clatsop Community College; and former ...   More
Friday, April 15, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Minnis' Female Accuser Will File Criminal Complaint In California

An attorney for the woman who says she was sexually harrassed by John Minnis plans to file a criminal complaint against Minnis in California. Dana Sullivan, the alleged victim's attorney, told WW today it is unclear yet what specific crime her client will allege against Minnis, who resigned Nov. 24 as director of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Safety Training. Sullivan ...   More
Thursday, December 10, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Attorney For John Minnis Responds

When Attorney General John Kroger released the results yesterday of an investigation into former Department of Public Safety Standards and Training director John Minnis, Minnis attorney Michael Staropoli was unavailable for comment at press time. Staropoli has now provided the following statement on behalf of Minnis, who resigned his state post Nov. 24: Mr. Minnis cooperated fully with the ...   More
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

BREAKING: AG Releases Minnis Investigation (Expanded and Updated)

Attorney General John Kroger today released the results of the investigation that led to the abrupt Nov. 24 resignation of John Minnis as director of the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. As first reported in last week's WW, the issue that prompted Minnis to resign is the alleged sexual harassment and possible sexual assault of a female employee. Those allegations were ...   More
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Oregon Labor Commissioner Files Harassment Complaint Against John Minnis

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner today initiated a complaint [PDF] with his own agency against John Minnis, who resigned under pressure from his job directing the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in November after a female subordinate complained he sexually harassed her. A subsequent criminal investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice resulted in ...   More
Thursday, January 7, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Woman Files Notice That She'll Sue John Minnis And the State For His Alleged Sexual Harassment

John Minnis, the former director of the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, may be headed for more trouble. Dana Sullivan, attorney for a former female Minnis subordinate at DPSST, today filed a tort claim notice with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services. The notice tells the agency that the woman intends to sue the state and Minnis for the "ongoing pattern ...   More
Friday, February 12, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

BOLI Finishes John Minnis Investigation: "Substantial Evidence of an Unlawful Employment Practice"

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries today released the results of an investigation into the actions of former Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Director John Minnis. Minnis, a former Portland Police detective and Republican state senator from Wood Village, retired abruptly last November from DPSST. His retirement came after a subordinate accused Minnis, who's married to ...   More
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

John Minnis and State Settle Sexual Harass Case: Pay Victim $450K

The woman who brought forth allegations of sexual harassment against John Minnis, her boss as director of Oregon's Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, has won a $450,000 settlement against Minnis and the state. Terms of the settlement, announced today by Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian, call for Minnis to pay $65,000 and the state risk management account ...   More
Friday, July 2, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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