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HHS director named new county manager
Tuesday, 04 July 2017 10:30

From Staff Reports

Ten days after Buncombe County Manager Dr. Wanda Greene announced her plans to retire, the county Board of Commissioners called a special meeting June 9.

The body met in closed session for about 45 minutes and emerged with news that Mandy Stone would be the new county manager.

 The vote was not unanimous, as some commissioners wanted to appoint an interim director while the county, as Chairman Brownie Newman described it, “cast a wide net.” While some wanted to explore options, Newman spoke as if most believed deep down and all along that Stone would be the most qualified candidate in the end.

 Stone has worked for the county since 1981. She began as an income maintenance caseworker for the Department of Social Services. She worked her way up, becoming a social worker, a supervisor, assistant director, and then in 2001 director of Health and Human Services. In 2005, she accepted the responsibility of serving as assistant county manager while still serving in her directorship.

 Stone weathered storms of the turbulent Obamacare rollout compounded by glitches in the state’s new computer system that were leaving, for example, many across the state without food assistance. Her ability to do more with less and succeed where other counties were failing often attracted attention from state leadership, who visited the county to see what she was doing.



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