Local government, Special Reports

Rail board wants to keep Smith, double his compensation for the next year

Greg Smith’s pay would more than double for managing the Nyssa reload project while dropping his duties as Malheur County economic development director under a plan presented to county officials last week.

Smith is currently paid $6,000 a month by Malheur County to lead the Treasure Valley Reload Center. That would jump to $15,000 a month under the latest plan to retain him, proposed with no explanation for the increase.

The proposal emerged in a rapid series of events last week regarding the troubled rail project and Smith’s duty to the . . .