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County Manager

The County Manager serves as Chief Executive Officer of Buncombe County government, appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Board of County Commissioners, which sets policies and adopts ordinances that regulate Buncombe County government.

In addition to carrying out the day-to-day administration of County government, the County Manager is responsible for implementing policies established by the Board of Commissioners, coordinating the work of all County agencies, and representing the County in dealings with other governmental units and agencies.

The County Manager provides a clear vision of Buncombe County government's purpose. The Manager's duties include preparing the countywide recommended budget, recommending new and revised policies and programs to the Board of Commissioners, and implementing county programs and services in an effective and efficient manner.

George Wood was named Interim Buncombe County Manager in June 2018 and began serving in that position immediately. Wood is the fifth county manager in Buncombe County’s history. The interim appointment shall end on the earlier of February 28, 2019, or the appointment and swearing-in of a new County Manager.

Wood has served in local government management for 40 years, most recently as County Manager in Lincoln County, North Carolina and Wayne County, North Carolina, where he recently retired. He currently resides in Lincolnton, North Carolina.

Wood is a native of Savannah, Georgia. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas in 1978. He is well credentialed and has a long list of accomplishments over the course of his career.

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The Interim County Manager welcomes your comments, concerns, questions, and opinions.