Report: Former Buncombe Manager Awarded Herself $240K 'Retention Incentive' Before Retiring

Oct 9, 2017

Federal authorities have been tight lipped about the investigation into former Buncombe County manager Wanda Greene.  She hasn't been charged with anything, but there has been a whirlwind of activity and revelations since Greene retired earlier this year after 20 years in the position.  The latest is that she awarded herself with a $241-thousand 'retention incentive' right before she retired - meaning she earned more than $500-thousand in her final six months on the job.  Similar 'retention incentives' were awarded to at least 9 other Buncombe County employees - including Greene's sister, who recently took a different position in county government that included a substantial pay cut.  Greene's son Michael also resigned his position in county government when the investigation into his mother was confirmed.  Asheville Citizen-Times reporter Jennifer Bowman has been covering all of this.  She joined BPR's Matt Bush in studio to discuss the latest revelations - and how Buncombe County commissioners have responded.