PORTLAND – The Oregon Department of Justice has asked that Multnomah County stop releasing county records regarding the investigation into chair Jeff Cogen’s affair with a county employee.
The DOJ letter says releasing more information to the public might interfere with its criminal investigation.
Cogen presided Thursday over his second board of commissioners meeting since admitting to a long-term affair with health department manager Sonia Manhas.
Two members of the general public spoke out against Cogen at the meeting, telling him he should resign.
Last week the other four commissioners voted for a non-binding resolution asking Cogen to resign. He voted against it.
KGW Reporter Tim Gordon asked Cogen after the meeting why he added $225,000 late in the budget process to the office run by Manhas. He said it was not a last-minute addition to the budget, but did not comment further.
He said he could not comment on specifics connected to his affair with Manhas while the criminal investigation was underway.
Background: Cogen investigation timeline