UPDATED: Pay Raises in Ted Wheeler's Office Anger Leader of Multnomah County's Biggest Union

The leader of Multnomah County's largest employee union this week traded heated emails with county Chairman Ted Wheeler over recent salary increases for two members of Wheeler's staff. Becky Steward, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 88, says the raises send the wrong message to county employees who agreed to salary freezes this year to help ...   More
Friday, August 7, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Conflict Continues over Ted Wheeler Staff Salaries (Updated with Lunch Date)

The controversy continues over recent raises for two top staffers to Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler while other county employees agreed to a pay freeze. First, from Wheeler's Twitter feed: That tweet follows an email last week where Wheeler asked Becky Steward and Michael Hanna out to lunch to discuss the controversy. Steward is president of the American Federation of State, County ...   More
Monday, August 10, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

And Then Were Three: The Finalists To Replace Margaret Carter

Multnomah County Democrats have chosen three candidates as contenders to replace former state Sen. Margaret Carter, who left office last month to take a state job. The three people forwarded last night by a meeting of county Democrats for the county Board of Commissioners to consider next week as the new senator in Senate District 22 are state Rep. Chip Shields; former state Rep. Jo Ann Bowman; ...   More
Friday, September 18, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

Get Out of Multnomah County Jail Free: 26 Releases on Saturday Night

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcAFY2oVEtw[/youtube] Saturday night's alright for fighting. Turns out it's also not a bad time to get out of jail free. Continuing a trend that re-emerged last summer after a 15-month lull, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office was forced to release 26 prisoners from jail over the weekend because there wasn't enough space to hold them. Here's a breakdown ...   More
Monday, October 26, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Set Free From Jail on Saturday; Overdosed on Monday (Updated with Police Details and Wheeler's Office)

Two men released early on Saturday night for lack of space in the Multnomah County Detention Center have been found dead of a drug overdose, the state Medical Examiner's office has confirmed. Jamie Daniel Coleman (top photo), 22, and Rex Albert Rumer (bottom photo), 51, were both found dead on Monday, says Damon O'Brien, deputy medical examiner. O'Brien declined to release further details, ...   More
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

As The Crappy Weather Arrives, Portland Shelters Make Room for More Homeless

At the same time that the heavy wind and rain roll in to Portland, Multnomah County is announcing this year's plan to provide shelter for those caught in the fall and winter storms to come. Nearly 600 shelter beds are available year-round for families, adults, youth and those fleeing domestic violence. But up to 422 beds will be installed at local emergency shelters to provide more space for ...   More
Thursday, November 5, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

New Sheriff Asks State to Give MultCo Probe Top Priority

In what a news release terms his "first bold move" as interim Multnomah County sheriff, Dan Staton has asked the state agency that oversees police to make a probe of his agency top priority. The news comes after WW first reported last week on allegations that Chief Deputy Tim Moore falsified his training records to gain police certification. Staton, who was sworn in Nov. 5 to replace Sheriff ...   More
Monday, November 9, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Same as the Old Boss: New Sheriff Keeps Concealed Handgun-Holders Secret

Continuing a trend that started with his predecessor, interim Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton is refusing to reveal the names of people his office has licensed to carry a concealed handgun. The county attorney's office told WW this morning that Staton "has determined that the list of names requested is exempt from public disclosure" under the state's open-records law. Prior Multnomah ...   More
Monday, November 16, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

After Copenhagen: More Positive News on the Environment

Still nursing a nasty hangover from the disappointing Copenhagen climate summit? After Multnomah County last week added its second solar installation, here's another small pill that may provide a bit of relief. You may recall our coverage last spring of the Oregon Legislature's successful effort to ban a potentially toxic fire retardant in furniture. Despite hardball efforts by chemical lobbyists ...   More
Monday, December 21, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

MultCo Commish Jeff Cogen Raking in Campaign Cash

In the spirit of holiday giving extending to politics in Portland, we note today how supporters of Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen spent the season accelerating their contributions to his 2010 campaign. Cogen tells WW he plans on running for re-election to the county commission, despite rumors he may be aiming for city office. And just today Cogen recorded an influx of checks from ...   More
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 JAMES PITKIN


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