Multnomah County Chair Refuses To Resign In Spite of Scandal

By Jim McCoy Thu 25th July NewsJeff CoganMultnomah Countyscandal
Despite pressure from other commissioners, the leader of Multnomah County's government has again refused to resign over a sex scandal. Multnomah County board Chairman Jeff Cogen says a state investigation into whether his affair with a county employee represented an abuse of power has just begun and he deserves a chance for the facts to come out. Cogen faced a no-confidence vote Thursday by his colleagues on the five-member commission that governs Oregon's largest county. Everyone except Cogen voted for him to quit, but the resolution failed because it required a unanimous vote. Roughly two dozen members of the public spoke at the meeting, with most testifying in support of Cogen.

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