Multnomah County's Chief Operating Officer Shifting to Health Department

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The fallout from the Jeff Cogen scandal continues at Multnomah County headquarters. Last week, WW reported that Lillian Shirley, who heads the county health department, leaving to oversee public health for the state. That left the county's largest department leaderless just as state and local officials are rushing to implement the Affordable Healthcare Act. The solution, announced on Friday, is that ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

The 10 Questions Jeff Cogen Refuses to Answer

The county chair cuts a deal with The Oregonian for softball questions only. We declined the same offer.

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This morning's edition of The Oregonian features an exclusive interview with embattled Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen. In the interview Cogen expresses confidence he will be cleared of all wrongdoing in the current criminal investigation into his actions regarding Sonia Manhas, a county employee with whom he had a nearly two-year affair.What you won’t see in the interview are any serious questions ...   More
 
Friday, August 2, 2013 AARON MESH

County Official In Affair With Chair Jeff Cogen Faced No Competition for Job That Gave Her a 20-Percent Raise

Cogen says he played no role in getting Sonia Manhas her promotion.

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Sonia Manhas was the only person interviewed for the $103,299-a-year Multnomah County Health Department job she now holds—a promotion that gave her a 20 percent raise last year. Manhas is the woman with whom County Chair Jeff Cogen on Tuesday admitted to having an affair. Manhas is director of policy and planning for the county health department. She was promoted to that position in in September ...   More
 
Thursday, July 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Director of Multnomah County Health Department Arrested for Assault: Updated

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Lillian Shirley, the director of the Multnomah County Health Department, was arrested on Monday for alleged domestic violence.Shirley was booked at the Justice Center but her husband, the alleged victim, declined to press charges.Shirley, 65, is one of the highest ranking officials in county government. Her department employs just under 1,000 people, which is more than any other county department. ...   More
 
Thursday, May 23, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

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