Boys Behaving Badly

How Cogen followed Adams’ fall.

Cover Story
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

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

Sonia Manhas Resigns from Multnomah County

"The personal relationship with Jeff was never about a job or salary."


Sonia Manhas, the Multnomah County health department employee who had an extended affair with County Chairman Jeff Cogen, has resigned, saying she was forced out by county officials. In a letter to media, Manhas says she was forced to sign a letter of severance before being allowed to meet with her boss, health department director Lillian Shirley. Shirley reports to Cogen.Manhas signed the letter ...   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Jeff Cogen’s Double Life

Public documents contradict the County Chairman’s account of his affair.

News Stories
Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen could not have seemed more sincere last week as he confessed an affair with a county employee named Sonia Manhas. “My family is hurting,” Cogen told WW o   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Jeff Cogen Took Second Atlanta Trip with Sonia Manhas

Manhas confirms second trip, paid for by Multnomah County.


County Chair Jeff Cogen did not tell the truth last week about the extent of his use of county resources to conduct an affair with a county health department employee named Sonia Manhas. In an interview one week ago today, Cogen said he had traveled with Manhas to Atlanta in 2012 for a Center for Disease Control conference and twice to Salem during the 2013 legislative session. Asked if there were ...   More
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Jeff Cogen Will Return to Work Monday


Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen plans to return to work around noon Monday, five days after admitting to an affair with an employee, a county spokesman says.Cogen has been in seclusion since admitting July 16 to an 18-month affair with Sonia Manhas, the county health department's policy and planning director. He will face questions from county commissioners—who are said to be wavering in their ...   More
Sunday, July 21, 2013 AARON MESH

Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas' Emails Include Public Health, Private Jokes


Newly released county emails show that Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen and health department employee Sonia Manhas exchanged hundreds of emails over the 18-month length of their affair, many filled with smiley faces, flirting and plans to meet.The emails include topics such as marriage, a June 2011 Rush concert they attended with Cogen’s teenage son, scheduling time to attend events together ...   More
Friday, July 19, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD and AARON MESH

County Emails Include Flirting Between Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas

"You're the only thing that makes the photo enjoyable..."


Multnomah County is planning to release County Chairman Jeff Cogen's emails with county employee Sonia Manhas this afternoon. On Tuesday evening, Cogen, the county's highest-ranking official, admitted that he'd carried on a two-year-long affair with Manhas, the policy and planning director for the Multnomah County Health Department. Cogen acknowledged in the Tuesday interview that he and Manhas—whom ...   More
Friday, July 19, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and 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.


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

County Attorney Launches Inquiry into Jeff Cogen's Affair


Multnomah County Attorney Jenny M. Madkour told WW this afternoon that she has begun an inquiry into County Chair Jeff Cogen's affair with Sonia Manhas, a policy and planning director in the Multnomah County Health Department."I am the attorney for the county, so I will review all facts that come before me in terms of violations of county policy or law," Madkour says. "We are right in the thick of ...   More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh


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