PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Multnomah County has released nearly 700 pages of emails exchanged between county board Chairman Jeff Cogen and the employee with whom he has acknowledged having a long-term affair.
The documents released Friday in response to a public records request are generally about county business, though some include flirtations and smiley emoticons that reflect the closeness of the relationship. The emails reveal the pair making plans for lunch, attending a rock concert with Cogen's son and frequently complimenting each other.
The 51-year-old Cogen has not been at work since Tuesday, when he confessed to the affair with 40-year-old Sonia Manhas, a Health Department manager who got a promotion last year.
Cogen told reporters he did not use his influence to help Manhas get the better job.
But Manhas listed Cogen as one of her two references, and the documents released Friday show that Manhas emailed the job posting to Cogen. The chairman responded with a smiley emoticon.
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