Jeff Cogen’s Double Life

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


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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

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

Jeff Cogen Took Second Atlanta Trip with Sonia Manhas

Manhas confirms second trip, paid for by Multnomah County.

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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

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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

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

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

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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 Show Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas Discussed Her Promotion

Update: Cogen promised he'd run interference with Manhas' boss

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ORIGINAL POST, 1:46 pm: Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen used government email to discuss a job promotion with county employee Sonia Manhas while the two were having an affair, documents released today by the county show. Cogen admitted on Tuesday that he had a lengthy affair with Manhas, but denied helping her advance to a job paying $103,000 a year. But WW reported last night Manhas listed Cogen ...   More
 
Friday, July 19, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

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

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