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Note: This article has been clarified to reflect that the departure of former Director Elisha Figueroa in May of 2017 was not related to the audit, which had not yet begun; she left for a private-sector job, at which she still works.

BOISE — The Idaho Office of Drug Policy hired a vendor to conduct a media campaign from 2015 to 2017 for $383,987 without competitive bidding, in violation of state purchasing policies, according to a newly issued state audit.

Melinda Smyser

Melinda Smyser took over as the director of the Idaho Office of Drug Policy in January of 2019.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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