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Jeff Cogen

Jeff Cogen seeks a rush to avoid judgment

Thursday morning, casting the only County Commission vote against a resolution demanding that he resign, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen depicted his situation as full of unanswered questions. Appealing against "a rush to judgment" and "media filled with accusation, innuendo and ...

Multnomah commissioners set to vote on Cogen resignation measure

Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen's future could hang in the balance going into today's commission meeting. Commissioners could vote on a non-binding resolution calling for Cogen's resignation 11 days after he admitted having an affair with Sonia Manhas, a director in the county's ...

Jeff Cogen scandal: New documents show Cogen and Manhas kept talking post-admission; union boss pro...

In the days after an anonymous email forced Jeff Cogen to admit his extramarital affair with Sonia Manhas, the pair exchanged dozens of text messages expressing regret, plotting for the future and checking on one another. Meanwhile, Cogen was maintaining his contacts at Multnomah ...

Jeff Cogen scandal: Oregon attorney general releases interview transcripts

The Oregon attorney general on Thursday released interview transcripts from the investigation into whether former Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen committed a crime in pursuit of his extramarital affair with county health department manager Sonia Manhas. Cogen was cleared of ...

Jeff Cogen scandal: Sonia Manhas' lawyer issues statement

Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen’s decision to remain in office as long as he did after revealing his extramarital affair forced his lover’s hand, according to a statement released by Sonia Manhas’ lawyer on Sunday. Manhas’ lawyer, Krista Shipsey, provided the statement to KATU ...

Jeff Cogen scandal: Report offers timeline of affair

The Department of Justice investigation into former County Chairman Jeff Cogen includes a comprehensive timeline. Dozens of dates are noted with significant detail. The report, for example, notes the couple's "first kiss" (July 29, 2011). According to the authors, the timeline was "based ...

Jeff Cogen scandal: Why investigators aren't charging Cogen

Investigators aren't charging Jeff Cogen for the following reasons, they state: -Investigators looked into whether Manhas' promotion to Director of Policy and Planning within the health department was influenced by favoritism. Manhas was one of three applicants for the position, but the ...

Jeff Cogen scandal: Sonia Manhas told investigators former Multnomah County chairman used cocaine,...

Former Multnomah County health department manager Sonia Manhas told prosecutors that Jeff Cogen used cocaine, frequently smoked marijuana and had at least one other extramarital affair while he was an elected official, according to two people familiar with an ongoing state investigation. ...

Jeff Cogen's Multnomah County stint ends quietly, with lights turned off and shades drawn

Jeff Cogen didn’t show up for his last day of work. His aides arrived at the Multnomah County chairman’s suite Monday morning to find that their boss had cleaned out his office over the weekend. He did not appear Monday before 5 p.m., when his resignation became official. Maybe that ...

Jeff Cogen's last day as Multnomah County chair is today, but his office remains empty and dark

Jeff Cogen's last day as Multnomah County chair is today, but his office remains empty and dark View full size Jeff Cogen hurriedly leaves the Multnomah Building July 24 shortly after his four commissioner colleagues called for his resignation. Although Cogen's last day on ...

Jeff Cogen's chief of staff resigns to take lower-paying job elsewhere in Multnomah County governme...

Marissa Madrigal, longtime chief of staff to Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen, has resigned to take a lower-paying position elsewhere in the county. Madrigal’s resignation leaves Cogen even more alone as he tries to cope with the fallout of an extramarital affair with a county ...

Jeff Cogen insists that he can still conduct Multnomah County business, despite investigation

View full size Multnomah County board chairman Jeff Cogen, one month after confessing to an extramarital affair with a former county employee, says he can still be an effective leader for the county. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen’s admission of an ...

Jeff Cogen's 11th-hour budget addition saved Sonia Manhas' program's funding

Embattled Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen, at the 11th hour, nearly doubled spending for Sonia Manhas’ budget that otherwise would have run out, according to county budget documents. Although other county staff did not realize it at the time, Cogen was by then engaged in an ...

Letters: Korean War, Jeff Cogen, department duplication

Why is it that Jeff Cogen must also wear the scarlet letter, be shunned and asked to leave his job? No laws have been broken. Both of these individuals are competent, hardworking public servants. They and their families both have personal grief and pain. Shouldn't we as a community be ...

Jeff Cogen follows Sam Adams' playbook

Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen appeared both exhausted and defiant at Thursday's board of commissioners meeting, where his four colleagues on the board called on him to resign. (Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian) Two weeks ago, Jeff Cogen and Sam Adams seemed like complete ...

Letters: Jeff Cogen's political future and constituent comments

If I were to send a letter to Jeff Cogen, this is what it would say: You have demonstrated your lack of credibility to the citizens of Portland and the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. It is time to resign. You have made an error that is seemingly impossible to recover from. You ...

Jeff Cogen scandal: Most calls, emails to his office call for resignation

View full size PORTLAND, OREGON - Embattled Multnomah County board Chairman Jeff Cogen wields the gavel for the first time since he confessed an extramarital affair with a county employee July 16. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian Most of those who have called or emailed Multnomah County ...

Letters: Climate change, Senate filibuster, Rudy Crew, Jeff Cogen, royal baby name

We've certainly heard and read a lot about what Jeff Cogen should do as a result of the more-than-a-yearlong affair with Sonia Manhas ("Jeff Cogen should resign," Editorial, July 23), but what about Manhas in all this? She is certainly not a victim, as it takes two to tango. The ...

Jeff Cogen returns to work at Multnomah County as more public records are released

Multnomah County board Chairman Jeff Cogen returned to work Monday for the first time since he confessed last week to a long-running extramarital affair with a county Health Department manager. Cogen said little as he boarded an elevator for his sixth-floor offices shortly before ...

Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County board chairman, says he is returning to work Monday after time off due...

Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County's board chairman, said in a statement Sunday that he will return to work Monday, six days after he tearfully confessed to having a long-running extramarital affair with Sonia Manhas, a county employee. County spokesman David Austin said the chairman told him ...

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