Portland, Oregon – Deborah Kafoury was sworn in as the new Multnomah County Commission Chair today by county attorney Jenny Madkour. Kafoury replaces Jeff Cogen who resigned after admitting to an affair with a county employee. Kafoury, who served on the commission, resigned as required by county charter, in order to run for chair. She won in the May 20th election.
Asked about employee morale, Kafoury said this is a new era. She said ” the employees, the staff of Multnomah County have done an amazing job over a really difficult time. I think having that time to an end and being able to move forward together, united, to best serve the citizens of our community, is what we’re all going to do.
She says she’ll spend the next month on a listening tour, finding out from county department heads and employees what’s working and what’s not.
She says people who live in Multnomah county are concerned about the “increasing levels of poverty, people are concerned about the number of homeless sleeping in our streets and people are concerned that folks struggling with mental illness are not getting the help they need and those are the issues I am going to be working on as Multnomah County Chair.”