NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet has been awarded the Cape Fear Council of Governments Outstanding Local Government Manager for 2018.
Under his leadership, the county successfully implemented its first strategic plan in 2012 and the second in 2018. He has increased employee training and development, created a culture of innovation, administered effective and forward-thinking budgets, and developed partnerships that have furthered the county’s mission to serve the public. Most recently, Coudriet helped lead the county through Hurricane Florence. He was an active part of the county’s Emergency Operations Center, and helped to ensure the health and safety of our citizens.
“Chris is one of the most devoted public servants there is,” said New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jonathan Barfield, Jr. “Each one of us on the board trusts in Chris for his insight and knowledge on issues impacting our community. We are lucky to have him in the role of New Hanover County’s manager, and this recognition is well deserved.”
In recognizing Coudriet, Cape Fear Council of Governments noted that: “Throughout his career, he has focused on employee development and excellence in service. He will very quickly tell you everything is a team effort, and goes the extra mile to ensure his team receives the credit for the county’s success. That is evidenced in his recognition of the over 1,500 NHC employees who stayed behind, served New Hanover County, and supported their residents for 21 straight days during Hurricane Florence and in the days that immediately followed. Each employee received a pin, distinguishing them for their outstanding service. He summed it up, ‘Their acts of care and responsiveness were extraordinary, and I can never thank them enough.’”
Coudriet has served as New Hanover County’s 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. Learn more about Coudriet and the county’s administration here.