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.

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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

County Commissioners Ask For Outside Investigation of Jeff Cogen

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Four members of the Multnomah County Commissioner this afternoon asked today for an outside investigation of their colleague, County Chair Jeff Cogen.At issue is whether Cogen, county chair since 2010, misused county resources or the power of his office when conducting a nearly two-year-long affair with a county employee named Sonia Manhas.The request, contained in a letter written by the four members—Commmissioners ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Marriage Experts Try to Understand Jeff Cogen's Recklessness

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One of the most baffling aspects of Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen's 18-month affair with a county employee is why he sometimes did so little to hide his romantic outings with Sonia Manhas. “Employees at Multnomah County have spotted Chair Cogen kissing Sonia Manhas in front of the Kenton Library," says the anonymous email that caused Cogen to confess the affair this week, "and in a booth and ...   More
 
Saturday, July 20, 2013 SARA SNEATH

Taxpayers Spent $2,238 To Send Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas to Atlanta Together

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Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas, a county health department employee, spent more than $2,238 in county funds on a 2012 trip to Atlanta, according to county records released tonight. On Tuesday night, Cogen told WW the two were having an affair at the time they took the trip to a conference. When Cogen and Manhas flew to Atlanta in on February 5, 2012, records show, they sat next ...   More
 
Thursday, July 18, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Jeff Cogen Served as Reference When Woman He Was Having An Affair With Got Promotion

County chair previously denied helping Sonia Manhas get $98,000-a-year job

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On Tuesday night Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen said he'd had no role in a promotion given last September to Sonia Manhas, the county employee with whom he was having an affair when she got new job and a big pay increase.But Manhas listed only two references in her application for the job. One of them was Jeff Cogen. Sonia Manhas' referencesAs WW reported on Thursday, Manhas was in fact the only ...   More
 
Thursday, July 18, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Jeff Cogen Had Planned Lunch Today With Sonia Manhas, Two Months After He Claims Their Affair Ended

Multnomah County chairman deleted the calendar entry Monday

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Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen and the county employee with whom he had an affair were scheduled to have a private lunch today, even though Cogen claims their relationship ended two months ago. WW has learned that Cogen, on July 11, personally entered the lunch with Sonia Manhas, the county’s health department planning and policy director, on his calendar. He removed the lunch plans from his ...   More
 
Thursday, July 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

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

Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen Admits to Affair With County Health Department Official

He says he has no plans to resign

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Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen tonight admitted an extramarital affair with a female county employee.Cogen told WW Tuesday night in an interview about the affair at county headquarters he deeply regretted the harm he'd done to his wife and two children, and said he was sorry. "It was a mistake," Cogen says of the affair. "People will have to decide whether to forgive me or not. I'm hoping ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Second Amendment Activists File Suit to Stop Multnomah County's Gun Control Law

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A Gresham woman has filed suit to stop Multnomah County's fledgling gun control law, saying county commissioners overstepped their bounds by making it apply to all cities in the county.As WW first reported, Roxanne Ross and her lawyer, Bruce McCain, believe the county's gun control laws—requiring residents to lock up guns near minors and prohibiting carrying a loaded weapon in public, among other ...   More
 
Monday, July 15, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Gun Battle

Second Amendment activists say a Multnomah County gun ordinance doesn’t apply within cities.


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Roxanne Ross says she was raised to believe every responsible citizen should own a gun. When she picked out her own handgun last fall, Ross went old school and chose a .357 Magnum revolver, whic   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

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