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Ex-county manager’s sister changes jobs, takes $30K pay cut after probe announced
Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:58

From Staff Reports 

The sister of former Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene agreed to change her job title and to accept nearly $30,000 less in annual pay — a few days after a federal investigation of Greene and unnamed “others” was announced. 

Irene Wolfe, who has worked for Bunbcome since 2000, on Aug. 23 took a “voluntary reallignment” to become a county accountant.

She previously was the financial services manager and made $106,051 — the third-highest salary in the department. She only trailed — in compensation — Controller Eric Hardy and Finance Director Tim Flora.

She was involved in the county’s electronic funds transfer process for vendor payments.

Wolfe, 57, will now earn $76,650 as an accountant. She is a younger sister of Greene, who retired this past summer after heading the county for nearly two decades. 

Greene is now the subject of a federal criminal investigation. 

Wolfe is one of several relatives of Greene who have been employed by the county.

Greene’s sister Peggy Hughes works in the identification bureau of the jail and makes $47,000 annually, as of March 2017.

Greene’s son, Michael Greene, quit his county job on the same day the federal investigation was confirmed. He earned $120,350 annually. County Manager Mandy Stone later said his position will not be filled.

Wolfe’s job change came just four days after the U.S. attorney’s office confirmed that Greene and others were under federal investigation. 

Officials, including county commissioners, have been mum on the issue. U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose has declined to release further details,  calling it “a law enforcement matter.”

Since 2004, the county has had a policy that requires commissioners to approve an employee hire if a close relative of the county is hired — a procedure that was put into place after the hiring of Michael Greene.



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