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Buncombe’s top staffer retiring effective July 1
Tuesday, 04 July 2017 10:29

From Staff Reports 

On May 30, Buncombe County Manager Dr. Wanda Green announced she would be retiring June 30, marking a solid 20 years, to the day, of service in that capacity. Greene said she was leaving of her own volition and at peace with her decision.

 Greene just completed a county revaluation and the subsequent budget process, which settled on a general fund of $328,862,410 and a 53.9-cent tax rate. Charged with fulfilling directions from the commissioners and keeping things running smoothly, Greene managed state and federal mandates to cover core services, which comprise 92 percent of the county’s operating fund.

She oversaw 1,600 employees, providing health and human services, education, parks and recreation, public safety and other services to a population of about 323,000.

 Greene’s career was recently marked by a five-year, $120 million capital improvement plan, which included investment in two new schools and a new health and human services building. One of Greene’s hallmarks was budgeting with transfers from fund balance that never had to be drawn due to strategic management throughout the year.

Greene has been credited with surrounding herself with competent staff, such as assistant county managers Jon Creighton and Mandy Stone. With Creighton, Greene took over management of A-B Tech’s controversy-shrouded capital improvement plan, making serious, pragmatic cuts. Stone repeatedly received visits from state officials interested in learning how she achieved various successes managing health and human services.

 Greene indicated she would be striking out in new directions while remaining a local presence, spending more time with her family and grandchildren. Her bucket list, she said, is full of things she wants to accomplish and changes she wants to make.



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