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Commissioner talks with Buncombe County residents in wake of indictments

Commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara met with members of the public Thursday morning to take input and answer questions in wake of federal indictments of three former Buncombe County employees. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

One Buncombe County commissioner is calling for change in the wake of this week's federal indictments.

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara met with members of the public Thursday morning to take input and answer questions. She wants the county to conduct an audit and start annual performance reviews for county officials who are appointed by commissioners.

Beach-Ferrara said meetings with Buncombe County's residents are an important part of the process.

"Certainly, with the ongoing developments of the federal investigation, I think it's important for our community to have as much access as possible to get their questions answered, to share concerns, to share the ideas they have about ongoing reforms," Beach-Ferrara said.

Shea also wants to point out that while the indictments are making headlines there are 1,400 other Buncombe County employees delivering essential services every day.

On Tuesday, a federal grand jury in Asheville returned a criminal bill of indictment charging three former top Buncombe County officials -- John Creighton, Wanda Green and Mandy Stone -- with 32 crimes tied to a kickback scheme.

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