New Hanover County – www.nhcgov.com
New Hanover County sandwiched between Pender and Brunswick counties, The Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, Covers 199 square miles. The county was formed in 1729 from Craven County and was named for the House of Hanover, the ruling family of Britain at that time. Wilmington is the county seat. In the 1990’s New Hanover County was the fastest-growing counties in the US as it population grew 33.3%. One of the state’s smallest counties in land size, it is one of the densest in population and is 95% urban.
- 5 seat Board of Commissioners, elected to staggered 4 year terms. Chairman – Ted Davis
- Commissioners choose a chairman.
- Board approves a county manager who serves as governments chief executive
Services provided by the county
- Fire protection
- Water and sewer systems through the newly formed Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, which handles customers in the unincorporated areas and Wilmington
- Libraries and parks
- Sheriffs office, county jail and courthouse project
- Commissioners appoint boards to manage the county owned New Hanover Regional Hospital and Wilmington International Airport
- Public School system is provided with tax dollars and managed by an elected Board of Education.
- Estimated -200,000 – total households – 81,514. (2009)