Former Monroe County financial director fired, county manager removed
FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Monroe County now has two open positions following the firing of a fiscal employee and removal of its county manager.
At a special called meeting, Monroe County Commissioners announced that former finance director Ashley Woolley, has been fired and county manager, Anita Buice, demoted to a lesser position.
Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Greg Tapley, says last Thursday, Buice told commissioners that Woolley had been using money from the general fund to pay upwards of $200,000 in mounting Payroll Tax Penalty fines without notifying county officials.
The fines were a result of Wooley missing the deadline to have payroll tax documents filed with the IRS. Tapley says this isn’t the first time.
“This is actually the second time that this has happened and because of that, we immediately terminated our finance person, Ashley Woolley, and then we began an investigation of the discovery.”
When the issue happened last year involving Woolley, she claimed that it was due to a glitch in the system they used to file.
She was demoted for paying the initial fines in secret, but remained employed with the county’s finance department up until last week.
In addition, County Manager Anita Buice, who was overseeing Woolley, has also been removed from her position but not fired. Buice agreed to take a lesser role with the county.
“But because we feel like she has value to this community and to the county, we have offered here a position as a zoning officer which she has done that in the past and she has accepted.”
Tapley says their plan now is to contract an interim county finance director and county manager to fill the positions. In the mean time, employees under the two departments will answer directly to commissioners.