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

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

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.


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

Boys Behaving Badly

How Cogen followed Adams’ fall.

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Jeff Cogen never wanted Sam Adams’ reputation. He wanted Adams’ job. Two years ago, Adams was mayor of Portland, hobbled by revelations in 2009 that he had lied about a sexual relationship w   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 AARON MESH

Department of Justice Blocks All Cogen Records Requests

Rosenblum's actions halt further public disclosures


The state of Oregon has closed off access to public records about Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen and evidence of his improper use of his office regarding his nearly two-year affair with a county employee.The Oregon Department of Justice on Wednesday asked Multnomah County to stop responding to public-records requests regarding Cogen and county employee Sonia Manhas, claiming to ...   More
Thursday, August 1, 2013 AARON MESH

Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen Rescued Funding For Sonia Manhas' Office

His 2013-14 budget doubled her funding to $225,000 while the two were having an affair.


Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen placed a last-minute addition in this year's county budget: $225,000 to help save the county office run by Sonia Manhas, who was having an affair with Cogen at the time.County documents obtained by WW show Cogen reversed an earlier budget draft that provided no money to the health department's office of policy and planning—an office that Manhas designed and ...   More
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 AARON MESH

Despite Four Commission Votes, Jeff Cogen Refuses to Quit


Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen defied his board of commissioners this morning, refusing to resign his job despite all four of his colleagues demanding he quit after an affair with a county employee.In a hushed board room, Cogen said he deserved a full investigation, not a "rush to judgement.""I have promised to cooperate entirely with the investigation," Cogen said. "I do not believe the investigation ...   More
Thursday, July 25, 2013 AARON MESH

Sonia Manhas Says Jeff Cogen Should Resign

She says Cogen has contacted her after admitting affair.


Sonia Manhas, the Multnomah County employee who resigned under duress today following an affair with County Chairman Jeff Cogen, tells WW she believes Cogen should resign.She says his resignation is needed partly so the county can move forward, and partly because if he kept his job, it would create a double standard."I think the responsibility as an elected official for the standard of conduct is ...   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 AARON MESH

Multnomah County Commissioners Demand Jeff Cogen Resign


Multnomah County commissioners have issued an emergency resolution demanding County Chair Jeff Cogen resign.The demand comes hours after the county employee with whom Cogen had an affair, Sonia Manhas, quit her job—saying she was pressured to resign by county officials. The resolution is on the agenda for tomorrow morning's County Commission agenda at 9:30 am. It carries no legal power, but it shows ...   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD and AARON MESH

VIDEO: Jeff Cogen Presents Sonia Manhas the Chair's Excellence Award


Three months before Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen began an affair with Sonia Manhas, he presented her with one of the highest honors for a county employee: the Chair's Excellence Award.The county workers who packed the board chambers on May 4, 2011 couldn't have known how the relationship between Cogen and Manhas would shake county government. Today, Manhas resigned from the county health department, ...   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 AARON MESH


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