County covers costs for Smith aide to join conference at McCall resort

Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director (The Enterprise/FILE)

Malheur County officials decided that they should dispatch a representative to the annual convention of one of the region’s most important agriculture associations.

The meeting of the Idaho-Oregon Fruit and Vegetable Association was scheduled for three days last weekend at a resort in McCall, Idaho.

Among those expected to show up were representatives of Americold, the multinational shipping company poised to run the Treasure Valley Reload Center in Nyssa.

In May, Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director, sought and got permission from the Malheur County Court to send his aide, Ryan Bailey, at county expense to attend.

County records show the costs were to be $328.06 for Bailey’s stay. The price includes mileage and meals.

Smith . . .