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 220,000 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 ManagerNew 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 $352.1 million budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017, serving more than 220,000 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 public health, safety and education, intelligent growth and economic development, productive strategic partnerships, 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.

Coudriet has twenty 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 along with 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

Thanksgiving

Posted November 24, 2014 at 8:07 am

This week begins what I consider the most important holiday of the year: Thanksgiving. It’s the time so many of us reflect on where we’ve been, what we’ve faced, what we’ve accomplished, and what and who we’re lucky to have in our life. I was inspired to write and post this by something that a friend recently shared with me.

As one person in New Hanover County, I’m thankful for so much:

  • A wife and 2 children that support me and what I do, but more importantly a family that I do my best to support in every way possible every day;
  • The opportunity to serve the board and the community as county manager;
  • Being employed by and working with the finest public service team in North Carolina;
  • The chance to live and work in paradise;
  • Friends that are friends for all the right reasons;
  • Working in a democracy that works;
  • Making mistakes and learning from those mistakes;
  • Having the freedom and support personally and professionally to try new things without fear of failure;
  • The vision and goals we all share for the place we call home: New Hanover County, North Carolina
  • I’m thankful for today.

I wish everyone, whether I know you or not, the best Thanksgiving ever – you deserve it.


Economic Development

Posted November 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm

New Hanover County leaders have made economic development a priority. I can point to partnerships in the past 18 months that have led to more than 500 new private-sector jobs … Read More »


Second citizen satisfaction survey

Posted October 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll remember that I recently wrote about the public promise of New Hanover County. If you’re a first time reader, I want … Read More »


New Hanover County Makes You Safe, Healthy, and Well

Posted October 14, 2014 at 11:49 am

The proverbial question: What do I get for my tax dollars? It’s a fair question, and it’s one that any county government should be in position to answer without fail or … Read More »


Fire Study

Posted October 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm

You may have recently read headlines noting that a professional fire service consultant is recommending that New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington consolidate its fire departments. However, when … Read More »


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