Embattled county, city officials struggle to talk business

Brownie Newman expected his first months leading Buncombe County government to include plenty of action on greenways and renewable energy. But the universe — not to mention federal investigators — had other plans.

Since the launch of an investigation into alleged misuse of taxpayer funds a year ago, Newman said, “We have all learned in intricate detail, from the federal indictments, the alleged methods that [former County Manager Wanda Greene] used to appropriate taxpayer dollars for personal benefit. And now three other former senior county staff have been indicted as well, along with a private contractor, all under very serious charges.”

Addressing a full house at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s 13th annual Elected Officials Reception on Aug. 16, Newman, who chairs the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, and other local politicians acknowledged that the pace of recent events has often pushed other issues to the side.

Read the full story from Aug. 17, 2018 at mountainx.com