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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

New Hanover County recognized by national association

(Port City Daily/File)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY – County officials are celebrating 11 achievement awards as recognized by the National Association of Counties.

During its annual meeting in Austin, Texas, Commissioner Rob Zapple, County Manager Chris Coudriet and Intergovernmental Affairs Manager Tim Buckland received the awards.

There are 18 categories for the national honors covering the far-reaching services counties offer.

New Hanover County’s 11 awards were spread out over nine different departments:

  • “Escape the Vape” in the category of Health
  • “Youth Intensive Intervention Services Program” in the category of Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • “Older Adult Dental Program” in the category of Health
  • “Older Adult Mental Health Program” in the category of Human Services
  • “Building Safety Permitting Continuous Improvement Process” in the category of Community and Economic Development
  • “Burnout Learning and Development” in the category of Personnel Management, Employment and Training
  • “Su Condado – YouTube Show” in the category of Human Services
  • “Nature at Home Volunteer Program” in the category of Volunteers
  • “Water Quality Monitoring Program” in the category of County Resiliency
  • “Wilmington Housing Authority Recovery” in the category of Financial Management
  • “New Hanover County Connect” in the category of Human Services

“Each year, we ask county staff to provide the highest level of service possible to our community,” Zapple said in a press release. “This is a recognition of their hard work adapting processes for efficiency and adding new services to meet the needs of our growing community. Being recognized by NACo is a significant accomplishment as it shows a continued commitment to being the model of good governance without compromising service.

The county has received a total of 65 NACo Achievement Awards in the last eight years, including three straight years with 10 or more. Each year, NACo’s Achievement Awards recognize county governments programs around the country that aim to build, sustain and enhance healthy, safe and vibrant communities. 

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