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

What are YOUR priorities for New Hanover County? Your Voice Matters!

Posted November 30, 2016 at 4:54 pm

By now, I hope you have heard that New Hanover County is conducting its biennial citizen survey. It is online at until December 12, and it was also mailed to 4,000 randomly-selected New Hanover County households. This statistically-valid survey is designed to measure citizens’ satisfaction and to gather input about issues facing the community.

If you are a New Hanover County citizen and you haven’t taken 5-10 minutes to complete the survey yet, I hope you will. This is your chance to provide feedback, share your ideas, and communicate the priorities that are important to you, your family, and your business. The survey responses will directly inform the policy decision-making and strategic planning of the Board of Commissioners.

Previous surveys have provided direction to the county to focus on policies that keep our residents safe, healthy, and secure. We have listened to what is important to you, and we are responding each and every day in the actions we take and the investments we make.

The 2014 Citizen Survey was used to inform the county’s first-ever Comprehensive Plan as well as the Community Health Assessment. Those are two important guides for your county leadership, and they were shaped by your voice.

The results we receive from this year’s survey will be used to: assess progress on the New Hanover County Strategic Plan, inform program and budget priorities, assess public perceptions of New Hanover County and our programs, compare results to 2012 and 2014 to understand how we are doing, prioritize areas for continuous improvement, and inform communication and outreach programs.

Your voice and your input will help set the priorities for your tax dollars, helping the Board of Commissioners determine the range of investments and support for county programs and services, including economic and workforce development, crime prevention, and support for local schools.

I hope you will help us as the board sets the priorities for the county’s future. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey if you live in New Hanover County. Help spread the word to your family, friends, and neighbors. Share the survey link on social media, send it out in your community newsletters, and remind your customers about this easy way to provide valuable feedback.

Your Voice Matters! Take the survey at and help shape this great county where we live, work, and play – for years to come.

Preparation And Partnership Are Key To Disaster Preparedness

Posted October 28, 2016 at 2:10 pm

New Hanover County promises to keep our community safe, healthy, and secure. I am pleased to say that we kept that promise during Hurricane Matthew, thanks to our dedicated staff and community partners. Our … Read More »

New Hanover County Best Practices

Posted August 29, 2016 at 1:38 pm

I thought you might enjoy reading my most recent Greater Wilmington Business Journal Insight article, which highlights some of the ways that New Hanover County is being innovative, developing best practices, and delivering value for our citizens… … Read More »

New Hanover County’s First Comprehensive Plan

Posted July 19, 2016 at 12:26 pm

I am pleased to tell you that the very first Comprehensive Plan – “Plan NHC” – has been adopted in New Hanover County. This is a historic achievement, and it … Read More »

Proposal Would Bring Water & Sewer Service To U.S. 421 Industrial Corridor

Posted June 15, 2016 at 9:59 am

In May, I wrote an Insight column for The Greater Wilmington Business Journal about the proposed $16.7 million project to extend water and sewer service to the U.S. 421 corridor in … Read More »

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