Friday, February 23, 2007

Buncombe County Whistle Blowing

Oh, this is just too good, the timing.

According to the Mountain Express, "Buncombe County government is announcing a new “Whistleblower Hotline,” a place for citizens to report suspected incidents of “fraud, theft, illegal or unethical behavior” by county employees. The toll-free number is (866) 908-7236.

The hotline is managed by a third-party network, and allows residents and county employees to make their reports anonymously. Despite the obvious temptation it poses, the County anticipates that the service will be lightly used. “We don’t expect to get many calls because we believe that we have an outstanding workforce,” said Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene. “This is one more way to be open and transparent in the way County Government is run and we encourage all citizens to keep their eyes open for any reportable behavior”. "

Uh, huh. Not the workforce that worries me, Ms. Greene... it is the commissioners.

They already have at least one call, about those meetings held with Progress Energy this fall and winter regarding that sweetheart deal in Woodfin.

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