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.

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

Our Vision

Posted February 27, 2015 at 1:39 pm

As a resident, local business owner, or someone who visits New Hanover County, I hope you’ll spend time “surfing” our most effective tool for teaching and communicating about the success of the county organization: Of particular value, in my personal opinion, is the portion of the page that is dedicated to the county’s vision. I think you may agree that if the county has no concrete plan for success, no target to aim, or no goals to achieve then we’ll deliver less than the community expects and deserves. What’s the old saying? “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

So, what does the county stand for? You can check it out on the home page by clicking the link to “Our Vision.”

On that page you’re going to have the chance to read in detail the county’s public policy mission, the county’s vision for the future, the shared values everyone, and I mean everyone, in the organization commits to, the strategy map (or our game plan) that every policy choice is aligned with, the business principles we manage by every day, and the evidence of community success over the last 2 years, specifically in the areas of economic development and public safety.

Fundamentally, this organization is focused on delivering value for taxpayer dollars. A lot of what the county does in terms of service and policy is directed to us by the federal government and the state government [because we’re creatures of the state], and we do a number of things not mandated by either the federal or state governments – value added things such as sponsoring a robust public library system, or building and maintaining some 15 public parks, and owning and operating the oldest county museum (Cape Fear Museum) in the state. No matter the public policy choice made and the services the county offers, delivering value for taxpayer dollars is our focus.

It’s my sincere hope that you see and believe our focus of delivering value for taxpayer dollars, and that you experience the county’s promise to make New Hanover County a place that is safe, healthy, and well.

Some Early Legislative Success

Posted February 3, 2015 at 2:01 pm

In mid-January the New Hanover County Commission was successful in securing 2 statewide legislative goals on the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ legislative agenda. Both of these goal-issues have … Read More »


Posted January 5, 2015 at 2:27 pm

2014 is in the rear view mirror. While much was accomplished and we’re proud of what we got done, nonetheless, everyone on staff at New Hanover County is focused on … Read More »

Strategic Plan Progress Metrics

Posted December 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

In 2012 the county committed fully to advancing its strategic plan (you can find the entire plan here) by formulating its annual budget around policy focus areas and articulating 6 … Read More »

School Bonds

Posted December 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm

In early November nearly 64 percent of those that voted in the New Hanover County general election checked yes to the question for $160 million in school bonds for the … Read More »