Malheur commissioners add $25,000 in spending to do PR work

Dan Joyce, Malheur County judge (Rachel Parsons/The Enterprise)

VALE – The Malheur County Court has set aside $25,000 in new spending in its economic development budget to hire a public affairs worker.

The money was allocated in the county’s 2020-2021 budget but when, where and how the money will be spent remains unclear, according to county officials. The move comes as the county faces a growing Covid crisis, a high poverty rate and potential future budget restraints.

The position will not be full time slot and may be done with a contractor, said Linda DuBois, county administrator.

“It is not meant to be a new county position,” said DuBois.

The decision for the funds was made during the county’s budget hearings in May but no county official could explain . . .