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 227,000 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 Manager

New 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 $392 million multi-fund budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2018 and ends June 30, 2019, serving more than 227,000 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 education and workforce, superior public health and safety, intelligent growth and economic development, 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.

Mr. Coudriet has nearly twenty-five 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 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

Resiliency is Key to Economic Recovery After Florence

Posted October 19, 2018 at 1:56 pm

By County Manager Chris Coudriet

New Hanover County experienced significant impacts from Hurricane Florence. The preliminary damage assessment across the county is more than $450 million in real and personal property losses. And that is just one gauge of the storm’s impact on our economy.

We cannot quantitatively capture the value in lost economic activity as a result of the storm but suffice it to say, we can reasonably imagine it is in the tens of millions of dollars.

The hurricane disrupted our homes, our businesses and our labor market. It impacted our infrastructure and other business capital, and our entire population was affected.

Recovery from Hurricane Florence has begun, but it will take coordinated planning and state and federal resources to help build a stronger and more resilient Cape Fear region.

The need for resources in our community has grown and will continue to grow. In recognition of where we are and where we need to be, and to ensure that our community has an effective, long-term and resilient recovery, New Hanover County has created a Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office. The office will manage our contract support, help set priorities for the county, and effectively manage the supplemental resources that come our way.

The recovery coordination office will serve New Hanover County and our units of local government, non-profits and other organizations by providing coordination of data, policy development and priority-setting for the use of state and federal recovery funding. The office will also be the communication conduit between state and federal agencies, the county and local agencies.

Recovery planning is a top priority for New Hanover County, and projects post-Florence will continue to advance the county’s strategic priorities. We will advance policy decisions that support business recovery and growth. We will encourage more private investment in a way that reduces risk but increases our community’s economic advantage. We will focus on developing a resilient talent base that can support the private sector’s need to fill higher-wage jobs. And we will use informed data to develop and use land in a way that reduces potential infrastructure loss from future disasters.

We have already seen movement by our state and federal legislators to provide critical funding to assist with effective recovery – both in the short- and long-term. The county will help develop policies and priorities, so this funding can help us prepare for – and mitigates the impacts of – future storms.

We have learned a lot already from Hurricane Florence, and we are now in a position to harness those lessons to make resiliency a part of everything we do.

As a coastal community, we will always be vulnerable to this type of disaster. But we have the opportunity now to benefit from the hard lessons we have learned. We have the opportunity now to build back – in smarter and stronger ways – so that we can recover from the impacts of future storms even more efficiently.

Hurricane Florence can, and should, leave our community, our county and the entire state more resilient. So, as we rebuild and recover, New Hanover County will be proactive and use this storm to move our community forward, advance job creation, and grow our economy – in real and responsible ways.

Learn more about the work of the county’s Recovery Coordination Office here.


RFB-Miscellaneous Tree Clearing and Tree Maintenance Services

Posted September 11, 2018 at 11:18 am

RFB-Tree Services 09.11.18-FINALwithEXHIBIT1 This Request for Bid (RFB) is to secure a Contractor to provide miscellaneous tree maintenance services to include hanging limb removal, fallen tree removal, stump and tree … Read More »


Lessons Learned from a False Alarm

Posted August 16, 2018 at 3:35 pm

By County Manager Chris Coudriet You may have heard about New Hanover County Government Center’s inadvertent emergency alert that happened on Aug. 1. The alert was treated as a real … Read More »


Increasing Recycling, Reuse and Waste Reduction

Posted July 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm

By County Manager Chris Coudriet If you want to see innovation at work, take a tour around the New Hanover County landfill. You won’t just see a pile of trash; … Read More »


Adopted Budget Saves Taxpayer Money and Makes Strategic Investments

Posted June 19, 2018 at 4:45 pm

By County Manager Chris Coudriet New Hanover County’s newly-adopted budget leaves more money in taxpayers’ pockets – $5.1 million to be exact – all while increasing funding for our public … Read More »