Legal & Risk Management

The county attorney is appointed by the Board of Commissioners and serves at the pleasure of the board. The county attorney oversees both the Legal and Risk Management divisions for the county.

County departments, boards, and commissions receive legal guidance and support from the County Attorney's Office. The tasks performed may involve advice regarding legislation, including drafting of legislation for enactment; drafting or reviewing all county contracts; representing the county, its officers, officials, and employees in civil litigation; studying, drafting, or amending ordinances, resolutions, procedures, and regulations; revising and updating the New County Code of Ordinances; initiating lawsuits to ensure compliance with all county ordinances and regulations; assisting citizens by providing guidance regarding county procedures; assisting contractors with the pre-qualification and re-qualification process to become eligible to bid on New Hanover County projects; and researching and filing bankruptcy claims on behalf of county departments for outstanding balances owed to the county.

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