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Whistleblower Hotline  

Toll Free 1-866-908-7236

Buncombe County Government has a “whistleblower” hotline number and is encouraging citizens to report any incidents of possible fraud, theft, illegal or unethical behavior by County staff. All reports can be made in an anonymous manner.

Buncombe County has contracted with The Network, Inc. to operate and manage a “Whistleblower Hotline”. All calls will be answered and handled by a Network, Inc. trained interview specialist. Callers to the hotline will never be speaking with a County employee. The call will be toll free.

“We don’t expect to get many calls because we believe that we have an outstanding workforce” said 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.”

What is the hotline number?: call toll-free at 866-908-7236.

Who can call?: Anyone. The call can be anonymous. Citizens will not be speaking with a County employee. Calls will be answered by an interview specialist with The Network, Inc.

What can I expect when I call?: After dialing 866-908-7236, citizens will be asked in a pre-recorded greeting to choose English, Spanish or another language.

  • An interview specialist with Network Inc. will ask if the citizen is calling about a previous report or making a new report.
  • The interviewer will explain the reporting process.
  • The caller will be asked to give their name or they can remain anonymous.
  • The incident being reported will be documented in full.
  • The incident is assigned a code and the caller is given that code and a time to call back to check on resolution of the reported incident.
  • A report of the incident is forwarded to Buncombe County Government for investigation and follow-up.

What should be reported?:

  • Theft of County property money, materials, time
  • Waste or abuse of County property
  • Inappropriate or unethical behavior by a County employee or employees

What should not be reported?:

  • Tax bill complaints or problems.
  • Matters that should be brought before the Board of Commissioners for resolution.
  • Child or Adult abuse or neglect – those issues should be reported to the Social Work Services 250-5500.