PUBLIC MONEY, PRIVATE EMPIRE: Greg Smith serves many public masters – for a price

Greg Smith appears before the Oregon Transportation Commission in February, representing two different clients of his economic development business. (Mark Ylen/Mid-Valley Media) Greg Smith is a juggler. In La Grande, he holds a full-time job directing Eastern Oregon University’s Small Business Development Center.  A hundred miles away in Boardman, he[Read More…]

Legislature’s HR director retires, gets work-at-home deal worth $12,000 a month

SALEM — The Legislature’s top personnel executive, embroiled in the sexual harassment controversy at the Capitol, has retired but will draw more than $12,000 a month until September to work from home. Lore Christopher, 64, negotiated a retirement agreement last fall in which she agreed to step down as director[Read More…]