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

Department of Justice Blocks All Cogen Records Requests

Rosenblum's actions halt further public disclosures


The state of Oregon has closed off access to public records about Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen and evidence of his improper use of his office regarding his nearly two-year affair with a county employee.The Oregon Department of Justice on Wednesday asked Multnomah County to stop responding to public-records requests regarding Cogen and county employee Sonia Manhas, claiming to ...   More
Thursday, August 1, 2013 AARON MESH

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.


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

Inbox: Jeff Cogen’s Affair

Letters to the Editor
Jeff Cogen is an immensely talented and dedicated public servant, one I have been proud to support in the past [“Jeff Cogen’s Double Life,” WW, July 24, 2013]. This story breaks my heart   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

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

Presented Without Comment

A well-decorated WW rack-card...


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Friday, July 26, 2013 by Martin Cizmar

Despite Four Commission Votes, Jeff Cogen Refuses to Quit


Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen defied his board of commissioners this morning, refusing to resign his job despite all four of his colleagues demanding he quit after an affair with a county employee.In a hushed board room, Cogen said he deserved a full investigation, not a "rush to judgement.""I have promised to cooperate entirely with the investigation," Cogen said. "I do not believe the investigation ...   More
Thursday, July 25, 2013 AARON MESH

Sonia Manhas Says Jeff Cogen Should Resign

She says Cogen has contacted her after admitting affair.


Sonia Manhas, the Multnomah County employee who resigned under duress today following an affair with County Chairman Jeff Cogen, tells WW she believes Cogen should resign.She says his resignation is needed partly so the county can move forward, and partly because if he kept his job, it would create a double standard."I think the responsibility as an elected official for the standard of conduct is ...   More
Wednesday, July 24, 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


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