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 operates on a $398 million multi-fund budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2020, serving 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

Thank you, New Hanover County employees

Posted May 14, 2019 at 10:01 am

By County Manager Chris Coudriet

Recently, we held our fifth-annual “Reach for the Stars” Banquet, where the county recognized 232 people who received a Stellar Award over the past year and honored 14 employees for earning the highest county award, the Five Star Award.

Reach for the Stars is the county’s employee recognition program, and was established in 2014 with a focus on the county’s shared values of professionalism, integrity, innovation, stewardship, and accountability. Citizens and colleagues can nominate county employees for their outstanding service through a Stellar Award or Community Service Award. And the top award – the Five Star Award – is given to employees who receive nominations across at least four of the county’s five shared values.

Recognition is important. It shows that you value your employees and that their work matters. And that couldn’t be more true for the county.

I am constantly impressed by each of our employees and the work they do to serve our community and to serve one another. They are good at their jobs; but even more than that, they care about what they do and are committed to making a difference.

I want to specially recognize the 14 county employees who received this year’s Five Star Award, because their outstanding work is making a real difference in the lives of our residents:

  • Teresa Bishop, Supervising Librarian, Public Library
  • Jason Browning, Fire Captain, Fire Rescue
  • Josh Chambless, Firefighter/Apparatus Operator, Fire Rescue
  • ShaKyia Freeman, Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources Department
  • Lisa Gans, Public Health Nurse, Public Health Department
  • Marie Hemmen, Environmental Health Supervisor, Public Health Department
  • Cindy Hewett, Deputy Chief Information Officer, IT Department
  • Marilyn Howe, Public Health Nurse, Public Health Department
  • Robin Johnson, Child Protective Services Social Worker, Department of Social Services
  • Linell Josey, Trades Technician, Property Management Department
  • Tara Robles, Payroll Coordinator, Finance Department
  • Holly Royals, Child Protective Services Manager, Department of Social Services
  • Christy Thompson, Children Protective Services Supervisor, Department of Social Services
  • Marie Walker, Human Services Caseworker, Department of Social Services

These employees are serving our community in real and powerful ways, and I am proud to serve alongside them and to be part of an organization that values recognition.

Since the county’s recognition program began in 2014, there have been 27 Five Star Awards presented, 920 Stellar Awards given and 44,961 “high fives” shared (which is a quick way for employees to send a note of thanks with a virtual high five to their colleagues).

I want to encourage everyone in our community to take notice of the good things around you and the county employees who are helping to make them possible. They are doing incredible work, and you can thank these dedicated public servants by nominating them for a Stellar Award through the county’s website.

This recognition program is an important way for the county to say “thank you” to our employees. They work hard for our citizens and I, for one, am grateful for the compassion and dedication they show every day.


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