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Baruti Artharee Alleges "Treachery and Wickedness" by African-American Leaders

Former Hales aide was suspended for remarks about County Commissioner Loretta Smith

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Former Portland mayoral aide Baruti Artharee earned notoriety and a suspension last summer for making suggestive remarks about County Commissioner Loretta Smith.
Artharee, who was then public safety advisor to Mayor Charlie Hales, confirmed in a June 9 interview with WW ...   More
 
Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

AFSCME President Pledged Support for Jeff Cogen Following News of Affair

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Text messages released tonight by the Oregon Department of Justice show that in the weeks following revelations about his affair with a Multnomah County employee, County Chairman Jeff Cogen retained strong support from Michael Hanna, the president of ASFCME Local 88."Fight on," Hanna wrote him, and offered the union's support for a re-election bid.

The 2,800 members of ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Department of Justice Won't Charge Jeff Cogen with Any Crimes

Report discusses pot and cocaine allegations, and identifies tipster who revealed Cogen's affair with Sonia Manhas

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The Oregon Department of Justice today declined to charge former Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen with any official misconduct or drug crimes stemming from his two-year affair with county employee Sonia Manhas.

The attorney general's office released a    More
 
Friday, November 8, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Baruti Artharee Resigns as Hales' Cops Advisor

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Baruti Artharee, Mayor Charlie Hales' controversial public safety advisor, has resigned effective Oct. 17.

In his resignation letter, delivered Oct. 8, Artharee says he was unable to focus fully on both his job and "untangling the hardships imposed on me by my divorce."

Artharee continued: "It has become abundantly clear that this position takes 110% and that...   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Charlie Hales Says He's "Leaning Toward Supporting" Convention Center Hotel

Multnomah County has three votes, placing onus on City Hall

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Metro's proposed $198 million Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel now hinges on the approval of Portland City Council—and Mayor Charlie Hales tells WW he's "leaning toward supporting it."

Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith    More
 
Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Jeff Cogen Has Job Offer from Signature Gathering Firm

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Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen explained his Friday resignation by saying he wanted to focus fully on his family in the wake of his two-year affair with a county employee.

But WW has learned that Cogen has another reason for l...   More
 
Monday, September 9, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen Resigns

UPDATE: Marissa Madrigal will replace Cogen; says she's "laser-focused" on job.

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ORIGINAL POST, 12:01 pm:
Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen is resigning, effective Sept. 16.
"I’ve always told my children that we must face the consequences of our actions," Cogen writes in a statement. "It is time for me to follow my own advice."Cogen's chief of staff, Marissa Madrigal—who    More
 
Friday, September 6, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Jeff Cogen's Chief of Staff Resigns

Marissa Madrigal will take pay cut to stay at Multnomah County

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Embattled Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen suffered a major loss today: His chief of staff, Marissa Madrigal, resigned to take a job in the county's human resources department.
Cogen, the county's top elected official, is currently under criminal investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice, which is examining the circumstances around his nearly two-year affair wi...   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Jeff Cogen Skipped Labor Picnic

Here's who showed up to stump for union votes.

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Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen was conspicuously absent from the Northwest Oregon Labor Council’s annual Oaks Amusement Park picnic on Sept. 2, as WW reports in this morning's paper.

Why does that absence matter? The Labor Day pic...   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

County's Largest Union Warned Cogen About Affair 11 Months Ago

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At least nine months prior to Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen's July admission of his affair with a county employee, the president of the county's largest union warned Cogen employees were talking about that extra-marital relationship.
Last September, Michael Hanna, the president of the American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees Local 88, cal...   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh
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