Hours after Sonia Manhas agreed to leave the county in a settlement between her attorney and the county attorney, and mere minutes after Multnomah County confirmed Jeff Cogen's conduct would be probed by the Oregon Attorney General's Office, at least three county commissioners placed a resolution on tomorrow's agenda that asks for Cogen's immediate resignation.
The vote's at 9:30, doors open at 9. The resolution is on the consent agenda, which means it needed approval from three commissioners just to be put up for a vote and needs unanimous approval to pass. It's unclear which commissioners wanted to place it on the agenda and which ones will vote for it. Judy Shiprack put it forward. Deborah Kafoury, on her way out, said she'd vote for it.
County spokesman David Austin says Cogen was told about the resolution just before leaving the building, chased by reporters, and that Cogen plans to attend and run the meeting. Cogen could vote against it, refusing the request, but then he's in the politically terrible position of having an official vote in which a majority of his board wants him out in a vote that's on the record.
Austin says the commissioners are all concerned, no matter their leanings, for the 4,500 employees of the county. If Cogen steps down, and that's an "if," given his KGW comments yesterday, his designee to take his spot until an election is held is his chief of staff, Marissa Madrigal. Madrigal is a longtime Cogen aide who started with him as a campaign adviser.
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