Malheur County officials ask sheriff to assess whether Enterprise reporters broke laws

UPDATE: A comment from a sheriff's commander was added to this story on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

VALE – Malheur County officials have asked Sheriff Brian Wolfe to assess whether the Malheur Enterprise has engaged in criminal conduct in its reporting.

County Counsel Stephanie Williams confirmed last week that she contacted Wolfe recently with allegations about emails and phone calls to the county’s economic development officials.

Wolfe verified the contact and said he hasn’t decided whether to open a criminal investigation.

Greg Smith, director of Malheur County Economic Development Department, told the Enterprise in an email last week that “we were instructed to turn over your emails to the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office.”

Smith said the newspaper was sending emails to personal email addresses of economic development officials. He said he . . .