PORTLAND The Oregon Department of Justice said it found no evidence to support criminal charges against former Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen.

We are pleased to have been able to step in when asked by District Attorney Underhill and Sheriff Staton to conduct this important investigation, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said. The Department of Justice takes very seriously its role assisting local law enforcement with criminal investigations, especially when they involve allegations concerning public officials.

The DOJ release the report Friday after KGW news partner, The Oregonian, reported Thursday that Sonia Manhas, the fellow county employee with whom Cogen admitted having an affair, reportedly told prosecutors that Cogen was a frequent drug user.

Manhas reportedly told Justice Department investigators Cogen used cocaine and often smoked marijuana. She also said Cogen had at least one other extramarital affair while he was County Chair, the newspaper reported.

Cogen resigned as Multnomah County Chair in the wake of public scrutiny surrounding his affair with Manhas and a subsequent state investigation to determine if there was any criminal wrongdoing.

Background: Cogen resigns amid DOJ investigation

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