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

RFB-Miscellaneous Tree Clearing and Tree Maintenance Services

Posted September 11, 2018 at 11:18 am

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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 trunk removal, and limb chipping costs for general use and for a Hurricane Protection Plan and Severe Winter Weather Plan.

Instructions for submitting proposals, complete requirements, and other information may be obtained by downloading the attached document. All questions regarding this RFB should be submitted in writing via email only to Tamara Matthews, New Hanover County Purchasing Agent, by emailing  

Sealed Bids will be received in the New Hanover County Finance Department, 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 165, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403 up to Closing Time: 5:00 PM EST, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018.  THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC BID OPENING.

The county reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Requests for Bids, with or without cause. All decisions related to this solicitation by the County will be final. The County reserves the right to request clarification of information submitted and to request additional information from one or more respondents.


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 »

County Projects are Investments in Our Future

Posted May 21, 2018 at 2:38 pm

By County Manager Chris Coudriet A new fire station, library, Public Health and Social Services building, and the potential development of Project Grace. Those are four of the major projects … Read More »

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