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Economic development: Malheur County officials struggle to tell what $900,000 bought

Malheur County Judge Dan Joyce, asked about the performance of Gregory Smith & Company in running the county economic development effort, said he hasn't had any complaints. (The Enterprise/FILE PHOTO)

Greg Smith couldn’t remember much about the audit he said was conducted of the county department he runs.

Audits are typically independent evaluations, done to examine finances or to assess performance.

He said in an interview last fall that it was “cor­rect” that the Malheur County Economic Develop­ment Department he leads had been audited.

Smith couldn’t remember, though, when the audit was done.

“I’d have to go look at my calendar.”

He didn’t think the audit resulted in a written report, which would be standard.

“I believe it was an interview . . .