Two censured by ICMA
Monday, August 12, 2019
The Executive Board of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) recently voted to publicly censure Wanda Greene, former county manager in Buncombe County, and Amanda Stone, her successor as county manager. The Executive Board also barred Greene and Stone from future membership in ICMA. Publicly censuring and permanently barring a member is the most severe sanction available to the Executive Board.
Greene pled guilty to two counts of federal program fraud, one count of making and subscribing a federal tax return, and one count of receipt of kickbacks and bribes. Greene also entered into a financial settlement with Buncombe County agreeing to pay $750,000 so that the County could recover funds related to her personal use of county credit cards, unauthorized purchase of whole life insurance policies for herself and other employees, a $240,000 employee retention benefit she received before her retirement that was not properly approved, and benefits that accrued to her and others from a County vendor involved in a kick-back scheme.
The Executive Board determined Greene’s conduct violated Tenets 2, 3, 4, 9, 11 and 12 of the ICMA Code of Ethics, as well as the law and county policies. These Tenets pertain to a member’s ethical obligation to uphold the public trust, maintain public confidence in their position and the profession, serve the best interests of the people, improve the image of public service, handle all personnel matters on the basis of merit, and not leverage their position for personal gain.
Stone pled guilty to a federal conspiracy charge for her involvement in a bribery and kickback scheme as a result of her conduct with a county contractor that began while she was serving as the assistant county manager. The Executive Board found Stone’s conduct violated Tenets 2, 3, and 12 of the ICMA Code of Ethics, as well as the law and county policies.
Any member who appears to have violated the Code of Ethics is investigated in a peer-review process by the Committee on Professional Conduct and violators are subject to an array of sanctions including private and public censure; membership suspension; and/or membership bar or expulsion.