courthouse-clocktowerHere in New Hanover County, the community, elected officials and county staff cooperate to balance a high quality of life with a progressive business and economic climate.

At less than 200 square miles, New Hanover County is the second smallest – geographically – of the 100 North Carolina counties; however, it is home to more than 220,000 people.

New Hanover County is not just a great place in which to live or visit. New Hanover County is also a great place to do business. Tourism, film production, the service and retail sectors are the engines that power our economy.

Our Mission: New Hanover County is committed to progressive public policy, superior service, courteous contact, judicious exercise of authority, and sound fiscal management to meet the needs and concerns of our citizens today and tomorrow.

The government of New Hanover County is committed to ensuring that you are safe, healthy and secure; that is our promise to you.

County ManagerNew Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet serves as Chief Administrator of county government and maintains responsibility for administering all departments under the general control of the five-member Board of Commissioners.

The county manager’s work includes the development of the county’s annual budget. The budget is the policy document, financial plan, and operations guide and communications device of county government. It reflects the county’s response to the needs of the community and residents’ requests for services. New Hanover County’s government operates on a $352.1 million budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017, serving more than 220,000 residents.

In addition, the manager and his executive leadership team are responsible for aligning the operations of the County to the adopted strategic plan and advancing the County’s mission and vision through five key focus areas: superior public health, safety and education, intelligent growth and economic development, productive strategic partnerships, strong financial performance, and effective county management.

Mr. Coudriet has served as the County Manager since July 2012. Prior to his appointment, he served as Assistant County Manager for New Hanover County for four years and as county manager in Franklin and Washington counties, N.C.

Coudriet has twenty years of public administration experience, with more than a decade as a county manager in North Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

He is a native of eastern North Carolina. Chris and along with his wife, Leigh, and two children Montgomery, and Silas, reside in Wilmington.

New Hanover County has received the final economic development target analysis report from Jay Garner titled Pathways to Prosperity: New Hanover County’s Plan for Jobs and Investment and it’s critical companion piece, the Competitive Realties Report.

Manager's Message

Public Safety Was Paramount During Wells Fargo Championship

Posted May 19, 2017 at 3:08 pm

The Wells Fargo Championship in New Hanover County was an overwhelming success. Around 25,000 spectators descended on Eagle Point Golf Club each day during the first week of May. The economic impact – ranging from hotel stays and local vendors to restaurants and area non-profits – was a boon for our region.

The week went smoothly with limited traffic problems, and that is – in large part – because of the unified command approach New Hanover County implemented. In preparation for this large event, county employees worked for more than a year to provide the necessary public safety support for the championship.

A Unified Incident Command was established, staffed with experts from New Hanover County’s Sheriff’s Office, Fire Rescue, Emergency Management/911 and New Hanover Regional EMS to provide public safety services to the community. This coordinated effort ensured that spectators, volunteers, golfers, workers and area residents were safe, healthy and secure throughout the tournament week.

The Unified Incident Command structure is a national model. It allows multiple agencies to work together as an integrated, collaborative team. Our local team showed the effectiveness and success of this unified approach, ensuring that all agencies were collaborating, resources were utilized effectively, efforts were not duplicated, and the priorities of all public service agencies were in line with one another.

The command worked directly with Wells Fargo Championship operational staff, as well as agencies like the NC Department of Transportation, NC State Highway Patrol, Pender County Sheriff’s Office and US Coast Guard to develop plans and align strategies for general operations and emergencies.

Our local command team developed contingency plans for spectator safety in the event of a variety of emergencies. It created efficient traffic plans to route shuttles and area residents, and worked throughout the tournament week as needs and issues arose. If you didn’t feel a huge impact or influx of congestion, that’s because of the team’s smart, thoughtful and detailed planning.

Numerous county departments were integral in the command structure, as well. Building Safety, for example, was in charge of inspecting all of the structures, including the chalets, stadium seats and tents that were built along the course. The county’s Environmental Health Department approved all the tournament’s food vendors, and worked during the tournament to ensure the food onsite was safe. These departments supported the Unified Incident Command, provided logistics updates and helped ensure the flow of information regarding any safety concerns.

Our Unified Incident Command team also showed nimbleness in response to parking pressure when the Hampstead area was inundated with spectators and parking was becoming limited. These leaders worked with the county, city and Cape Fear Community College to make parking areas available free of charge, which increased use of the downtown shuttle service. This ensured everyone that attended the tournament had easy access to parking and the shuttle system, and successfully alleviated overcrowding at the Hampstead lot.

These experts in our community were behind the scenes, but I want to bring their work and their level of commitment to the forefront. They deserve to be recognized for the skill and sophistication with which they carried out their responsibilities and the effective way they kept our residents and visitors safe.

I want to specifically thank the key members of the Unified Incident Command: Major Donald Taft with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Fire Chief Matt Davis with New Hanover County Fire Rescue, New Hanover County Emergency Management/911 Director Steven Still, and New Hanover EMS Battalion Chief Aaron Kasulis. They were supported by many other individuals, including Captain L.J. MacNeish, Battalion Chief Jennifer Smith, Captain Kevin McDonald and Lieutenant Jerry Brewer.

I think the week of the championship – which also included UNCW’s graduation ceremony and a One Tree Hill convention over the weekend – demonstrated our community can handle high demand and a great deal of pressure. This week showed we have a team of leaders that makes safety, security and ease for our residents and visitors paramount in all endeavors.

I am grateful to the Unified Incident Command and to the entire community for embracing the Wells Fargo Championship. This safe and successful week highlighted our beautiful slice of paradise and made our region proud.

I encourage you to visit EventsNHC.com to see a list of the many community partners that were integral in making this week a success in New Hanover County.


Choose Cape Fear: Our Region Is Open For Business

Posted April 26, 2017 at 9:00 am

The recently launched “Choose Cape Fear” marketing initiative highlights the Cape Fear region as one of the fastest growing in the southeastern United States, with more than 200,000 skilled workers … Read More »


Redefining New Hanover County’s Impact on Health

Posted March 20, 2017 at 11:19 am

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.” Health starts in our homes, neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. It is determined, in part, … Read More »


Redevelopment of County Property Has Economic Development Potential

Posted February 10, 2017 at 9:05 am

Imagine a city block in a growing and vibrant downtown that has the potential to be redeveloped into a more productive, useful space. That is the vision for the county-owned … Read More »


New Hanover County Enhances Service to Business Community

Posted January 6, 2017 at 10:00 am

New Hanover County is always looking for ways to improve the customer experience and increase citizen satisfaction. It is one of our strategic objectives for effective county management, and it … Read More »


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