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

New Hanover County on Social Media

Posted July 8, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Social media provides you with ways to stay in touch with county government. These tools connect you with immediate access to breaking news, information, programs & events and meeting schedules. The sites are updated frequently, and I encourage you to participate in the the conversation.

New Hanover County was one of the first local governments in North Carolina to make use of a website which has evolved through the years as one of its most important communication devices. Then along came NHCTV, the county’s government access television channels which serve all cable subscribers from Castle Hayne to Fort Fisher.

Facebook and Twitter users are able to receive emergency alerts, special meeting notices and other time sensitive information directly to their personal computers or mobile devices. New Hanover County has also been making use of YouTube, where residents and visitors can search for short videos produced by NHCTV.

To follow New Hanover County on Twitter, follow us @newhanoverco. To follow the County Manager, follow @chris_coudriet. Facebook users can find us on the New Hanover County Government, NC page.


FY15-16 Budget Highlights

Posted June 23, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Monday, June 22 the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners approved its budget for fiscal year 2015-2016, which begins July 1. The budget approved does not look altogether different than … Read More »


Public Hearing on the FY 15-16 County Budget

Posted June 5, 2015 at 2:25 pm

In early May I presented a budget to the Board of Commissioners that proposed a 5 cent property tax increase and a general fund budget of some $306.6 million. The … Read More »


Public Hearing on the FY 15-16 County Budget

Posted June 1, 2015 at 10:49 am

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the FY 15-16 county budget Monday afternoon, June 8 at the historic courthouse. I hope everyone can … Read More »


FY15-16 Recommended Budget

Posted May 5, 2015 at 11:06 am

Monday, May 4, 2015 I presented a recommended budget for fiscal year 2015 and 2016 (FY 15-16) to the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. If you did not get … Read More »


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