County Manager Greene offers letter of resignation

Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene will step down from her post on July 1. "Times are changing and interests have shifted," she cited as one reason for the move. Photo courtesy of Buncombe County

Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene has announced she will be retiring from her position effective July 1, 2017. “Over the last few weeks, I have reflected on my career with Buncombe County,” she wrote in a letter addressed to Commissioner Chair Brownie Newman.

“I realize that I am ready for the next chapter of this wonderful life journey. Like most people, I have a bucket list, and it is time to change directions and enjoy many of the things life has to offer,” she goes on to write.

“Times are changing and interests have shifted,” Greene cites as one reason for deciding to retire.

Greene has been employed by Buncombe County for 23 years. You can read her entire letter of resignation below.

Retirement Notice


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Dan Hesse
I grew up outside of Atlanta and moved to WNC in 2001 to attend Montreat College. After college, I worked at NewsRadio 570 WWNC as an anchor/reporter and covered Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners starting in 2004. During that time I also completed WCU's Master of Public Administration program. You can reach me at

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

6 thoughts on “County Manager Greene offers letter of resignation

  1. Deplorable Infidel

    She’s been a faithful servant but yes, past time to exit! Thanks Wanda… She FAILED miserably last year when she refused to evaluate how many MILLION$$$ of taxpayer $$$ could be saved PER YEAR
    by consolidating our antiquated dual system government school model, thereby suppressing diversity and equality. She’s been an overpaid hack mostly.

    How many MILLION$ actually COULD be SAVED by school consolidation? WHY do the elected criminals refuse to address this ?

    • Lulz

      As if they care about saving money. When their only worldview is that of taking the money off others, then what do they care? Good riddance and may the rest of the cronies soon follow.

  2. The Mad Typographer

    …Does no one want to talk about how she literally used Comic Sans in an official memo? Our taxpayers deserve at least Helvetica!

  3. Radar

    So glad this is happening. Now at least someone with at least maybe a clue can improve or attempt to at least to improve the infrastructure for technology in Buncombe County.
    And and possibly drag it out of the 19th century compared to other cities and towns, i.e. Chattanooga Tn.

    I’ve lived in this county for most of my 65 years, and nothing has really ever changed.
    All they do is pay consultants to make suggestions that are never implemented.

    Charter is in bed with the county, and never makes an attempt to expand or improve.
    I live only 7 miles from the center of Ashevile, and cannot get cable tv/internet service in the year 2017. are you kidding me ?
    Cable Television was invented in 1949, and many parts of Buncombe county still don’t have cable tv/internet . That is such should be such an embarrassment to any
    member of the Buncombe County commisioners.

    I live on a road with over 20 houses per mile. Which is over the number of homes required by the Buncombe County Cable Television franchise agreement, which states that Charter must provide service. But nothing is enforced by the county to enforce Charter to live up to that legal franchise agreement document.
    Personal way of life and economy more and more depends on a fast internet connecting and will be more
    of a necessity in the near future for anyone wanted to improve their way of life to keep up with the rest of the world. But good “ole” Buncombe county with just sit up their and scratch their butts as the world will passes us by.

    I’m stuck with a 3 meg down & 750k up DSL internet connection from Frontier Communications, and have been for the past 10 years. Frontier has never made any attempt to improve or upgrade connections.

    Hell they’ve actually gotten worse as the years go by. Frontier is one of the worst internet providers in the entire country.
    Charging people for what they provide as internet service (when it works) should be considered some form of robbery.
    Let the farmers milk their cows, but please stop electing them to run our county.

    It’s time to wake up, or get left behind. Look at Chattanooga Tn. as a perfect example of what’s been done to advance technology in that area.
    And improve peoples lives.

    It’s truly pathetic how far behind Buncombe country is, and always has been.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.