Multnomah County chair Jeff Cogen heard from critics Thursday, a week after his fellow commissioners supported a measure calling for him to resign.
Cogen has been embroiled in controversy since he admitted to a lengthy affair with a county health official, who later had to resign.
Portland activist Joe Walsh told Cogen that he should leave office - and not force voters to gather signatures for a recall.
“I don’t like recalls - I like men that stand up and say ‘I screwed up, I must resign, I’ll see you in a couple years, and I will lay my reputation that I patched up on the line - let you vote for it.’ You are dragging me and these commissioners down into your mud - and I resent that,” Walsh said.
A representative of KATU news asked Cogen when he would answer media questions. Cogen said he would discuss county business, but not the affair - because it is now the subject of a criminal investigation.
County officials say they’re holding off on releasing public records about the affair, at the request of the Oregon Attorney General.