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EDITORIAL: It’s time for Malheur County to cut ties with Greg Smith

A visibly angry Greg Smith turns to respond as questions are directed his way in a May 17 meeting. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

The Malheur County Court soon will decide whether the community should keep Greg Smith as its lead economic development officer. Given the damage he has done, there is little justification for extending for Smith a contract no one enforces. County leaders should cut Smith loose.

Smith’s company, Gregory Smith & Company, has been under contract since 2013 to independently run the Malheur County Economic Development Department. County officials aren’t very clear what they’ve been getting for $9,000 a month.

Then, since 2017, Smith’s company has been paid another $6,000 a month related to the Nyssa rail project, working through the Malheur Economic Development Corp. The Treasure Valley Reload . . .