Welcome to New Hanover, NC!

The Model of Good Governance


New Hanover county was created in 1729 as the New Hanover Precinct and gained county status in 1739, it is located in the Coastal Plain region of North Carolina. Pender and Brunswick County surround New Hanover. This county was named for the house of Hanover, which at that time was ruling Great Britain.

New Hanover Government

The Board of County Commissioners is made up of five members and the County Manager is Chris Coudriet. The elections for new members are staggered in four year terms. Some responsibilities are duties: making policy for administration, enacting local ordinances, executing policies concerning the operation of the county, and adopting the annual budget.

What attractions are in New Hanover?

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is a very fun attraction for families and children of all ages. The aquarium includes diving shows, live animal encounters, and feeding programs. Another family fun experience is the Cape Fear Museum! This is the oldest building in State being founded in 1898. New Hanover is also home to a few landmarks known as Fort Fisher and North Carolina. Fort Fisher was a Confederate fort during the American Civil War. North Carolina is a museum ship that is settled here in New Hanover!

Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC is the county seat of New Hanover consisting of a 5-member council and the Mayor Pro Tempore. The Mayor of Wilmington is Bill Saffo (pictured below) and the City Manager is Sterling Cheatham who has been serving since 2003. These members serve 4-year terms just like the Board of Commissioners.
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