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Recently departed county manager under probe; son resigns day later
Monday, 04 September 2017 15:51

From Staff Reports

Recently retired Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene and others are under federal investigation, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

In addition, her 46-year-old son, Michael, who worked as the county’s business intelligence manager, resigned on Aug. 17 — the same day that the U.S. attorney’s office confirmed that she was under a probe.

In the aftermath, the daily operations of Buncombe’s government will continue to operate with minimal interruption, County Attorney Michael Frue said Aug. 18.

Regarding Wanda Greene, U.S. Attorney Jill Westermore said in a statement that her office has requested the county to place a “litigation hold on all county materials pertaining to this matter,” which means that officials have been directed to preserve records that could become part of the investigation and preventing them from being dislosed publicly. 

Rose called the probe “a law enforcement matter” — and, other than noting that Greene and others were under investigation, did not release any other details.

Greene, whose annual salary was $241,791, retired June 30 after leading the 1,600-worker county government for more than two decades.

At the time of her resignation, Brownie Newman, chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, said in an email to the commissioners that Greene was “one of the most outstanding county managers in our state and country.”

Her son, Michael Greene, who earned an annual salary of $120,350, had worked for the county for 14 years. He was the second-highest paid person in the 12-worker budget management and services department, topped only by Director Diane Price.

He has transferred within the county government four times — and most recently on July 26.

County Manager Mandy Stone, a long-time employee who succeeded Greene, told the Asheville Citizen-Times that Michael Greene’s position did not exist before he took the job. 

The AC-T also reported that Stone said she does not plan to hire another business intelligence manager. 

Instead, she told the newspaper, the county will merge the job’s duties with other positions in the performance management team.

 



 


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