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 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 find a way to take an active interest in the budget for next year and make your thoughts known. The budget is, effectively, the county policy document that sets priorities for the next 12 months, and it determines what we all pay for delivery of public services we need and want as a community.

As county manager, I set forth a recommended budget in early May that recommended a 5 cent tax increase to address voter approved debts authorized since 2006 on real and [business] personal property. Over the past several weeks, the Board has focused on the policy proposals and the revenue needed to fund the Board’s intentions for next year. As things stand today, the budget for next year is balanced with a 2 cent tax increase; however, deliberations continue that will either eliminate a tax increase altogether or limit the increase to something less than the 2 cents that currently balances the Board’s plan.

I’ll follow this blog with a post later in the week to outline the plan the Board considers at its public hearing June 8.

Stay tuned . . .


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 »


A MRF in the future

Posted April 22, 2015 at 2:08 pm

The following blog is provided from “Shorelines,” an internal communication channel for New Hanover County employees. The county manager posted this blog following the Board of Commissioners’ meeting Monday, and … Read More »


County Concern with Proposed Sales Tax Distribution

Posted March 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm

You may have recently read or heard about a North Carolina General Assembly proposal to redirect local sales taxes that you pay in and to New Hanover County to other … Read More »


2014 Citizen Survey Results

Posted March 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

More than 1,300 of you responded to the second New Hanover County Citizens Survey during October and November 2014. The county sent 4,000 randomly selected households a survey instrument with … Read More »


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