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

MultCo Budget Wrangling: McKeel Offers to Save the DA's Misdemeanor Budget

Like clockwork each year, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk rides into battle against the county chair's office to fend off budget cuts in the DA's office. After 29 years in office and 10 straight years of shrinking county budgets, Schrunk is regarded as a quiet master at such fights. This year he's found allies in traditionally law-and-order-oriented East County with county Commissioner ...   More
Friday, June 4, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

County Budget Battles: DA Gets Flexibility on Misdemeanors

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners this morning unanimously approved a $392 million general-fund budget that gives District Attorney Mike Schrunk greater flexibility in setting priorities for his office. The dust-up over Schrunk's budget has been the big county story in a year when the county had to cut $5.4 million from its general-fund budget, the 10th straight year of cuts. County ...   More
Thursday, June 10, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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