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Citizens call for audit of Malheur County department, commissioner sees no reason

VALE – Area residents want elected leaders to conduct an audit of the Malheur County Economic Development Department, but such an action is unnecessary, said Malheur County Commissioner Larry Wilson.

Last month, the Enterprise called for the Malheur Count Court to hire a third-party auditor to review the economic development department after a series of articles by the newspaper on its director, Greg Smith, raised questions about its operations.

Wilson, though, said an audit would be expensive and a waste of time.

“We don’t see any reason for one,” said Wilson.

Wilson said Smith retains the full confidence of the county court.

“We are very satisfied with what he has done. He is hired on a contract to do a job for us. He has parameters and expectations,” said Wilson.

The Malheur County court . . .