Business & economy, Local government

Malheur County won’t double Smith’s pay, leaving unsettled who will manage rail project

VALE – Malheur County is cutting its ties with Greg Smith, its long-time economic development director, and is leaving to a separate public company whether to retain him to continue managing the Treasure Valley Reload Project.

The Malheur County Court has agreed to provide up to $9,000 a month for the cost of a project manager. The manager would be retained by Malheur County Development Corp., which is overseeing the Nyssa rail project.

Whether Smith would stay on in that role is unclear.

Grant Kitamura, president of the development company, said Thursday he hadn’t reviewed the county’s offer or decided whether Smith would be retained.

“We haven’t come to terms with Greg,” said Kitamura.

The county’s proposal, contained in a draft contract, would provide $6,000 to $9,000 a month for a project . . .