Role-Playing Games

Jeff Cogen’s resignation means local pols are maneuvering for new chairs.

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Jeff Cogen has simplified the 2016 election for Charlie Hales. The embattled Multnomah County chairman announced last week he’ll resign Sept. 16—two months after revelations of his affair wi   More
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Deborah Kafoury Will Run for County Chair—But Not Yet


Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury tells WW she's planning to run for Jeff Cogen's vacated county chair job, confirming months of speculation.But Kafoury says she isn't ready to launch her campaign, which would require her to resign her current seat on the board."At some point, I intend to run for chair, quit my job and campaign," Kafoury tells WW. "But the time for that is not right now."Kafoury ...   More
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

To Lead or Not to Lead

Commissioner Deborah Kafoury wants Jeff Cogen off the Multnomah county board. Is she willing to go for his job as well?

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Deborah Kafoury won election as fifth-grade class president of Irvington Elementary School in 1977 by deploying a secret weapon: a political button-making machine. “Her mom was an elected of   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AARON MESH

The Five Most Sexist Remarks Used to Defend Jeff Cogen from "Mean Girls"


Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen's battle to save his job Thursday degenerated from a sex scandal into a war of the sexes. That's partly because Cogen is trying to salvage his career when the health department employee he had an affair with, Sonia Manhas, resigned under duress Wednesday. Women leaders—including County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and the Oregon ...   More
Friday, July 26, 2013 Emily Schiola, Sara Sneath and Katie Gilbert

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

Extra Credit

While the county struggled, commissioners spent money on professional fees, travel and their favorite charities.

In his first “State of the County” speech, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen recently described his government’s financial woes.    More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Deborah Kafoury Gives 'Teddy Bear' an Assist in Salem

When Multnomah County commissioners wanted to raise vehicle registration fees last year to help pay for a new Sellwood Bridge, their plans were shut down by the city councils of Gresham, Troutdale and dinky Maywood Park. Their support was required under state law, and when county Chair Ted Wheeler failed to convince them to go along with the plan, the episode again raised questions about whether ...   More
Thursday, June 11, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Multnomah County Pushes Oregon Lawmakers For Local Cigarette Tax

When the Legislature convenes for a special session next week, one of the bills with greatest potential local impact is Senate Bill 1042 [PDF]. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham), would allow individual counties to impose cigarette taxes. Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, the county's point person on the proposed tax, says the bill is a top legislative ...   More
Friday, January 29, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Deborah Kafoury: Cogen to Offer County New Brand of Leadership

Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury praises Ted Wheeler for ending the dysfunction on the county board in 2007 after he took the chairman's job by beating Diane Linn. But Kafoury tells WW her colleague, Commissioner Jeff Cogen, will offer a new brand of leadership. As we reported today, Cogen has unanimous backing of the county commissioners to take over as county chairman early next ...   More
Monday, March 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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