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 232,000 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 is operating on a $399.6 million multi-fund budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2020 and ends June 30, 2021. In addition, the county also administers $294 million in state and federal funding. Through this $693 million, the county serves more than 233,000 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 twenty-five years of public administration experience, with fifteen years as a county manager or assistant county manager in North Carolina. He has a Bachelor 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

Introducing New Hanover County Manager’s Message

Posted September 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Technology makes communication so much easier and faster. I believe New Hanover County government has really taken a huge step forward in our capacity to reach our customers, and I want to use our technology to communicate regularly and with relevance to those who are interested. As such, I’m excited about launching the New Hanover County Manager’s Message on the Administration page of our website. You’ll find the message is designed to address important happenings and milestones and offering context to things that happen with your county government. You can always expect honest and candid messages with this tool, and I believe the message will elevate your trust in us and transparency in our actions.

With that being said, let’s talk about what’s happening in our community this week. 2014 represents the 275th birthday of our wonderful city and county seat – Wilmington. While not exactly the oldest city in our great state, it represents one of the original cities with deep history and tradition and considering the long history of our state, Wilmington was, not that long ago, the largest and most important city in our state. She still looks good for her age, and her future looks bright. I’m a bit envious of those that will be here in another 275 years to see what she looks like then and the important place she’ll still hold in the history of North Carolina.

Depending upon when you read this message, the city will be about or have already had her official birthday party – Saturday, September 27, 2014. No matter your time of reading, New Hanover County has and will always be an important partner with the City of Wilmington, and we’re excited to have been an active sponsor of her 275th birthday.

Check out this great message from the chairman of the county commission and the mayor, and be sure to tune in to and NHCTV often to see some exciting pictures and video from the event.