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What are residency requirements for Wilmington, New Hanover County and CFPUA?

F.T. Norton


Q. Are the following officials required to reside (no PO Boxes) in the city/county that they work and make decisions for: City officials, county offcials, CFPUA officials?

A. The Cape Fear Public Utilities Authority and the city of Wilmington, do not have residency requirements for employees, according to officials there.

And New Hanover County does not generally have residency requirements for county employees, either, but that may not always be the case, said Dennis Inhat, human resources manager for New Hanover County.

“However, at the discretion of the county manager or the elected officials, department head positions and above are sometimes filled contingent upon the employee agreeing to relocate to New Hanover County in order to be readily available for emergent situations outside of working hours,” Inhat said.

As for the governing bodies, City Council members and county commissioners are required by law to live in the areas they serve.

CFPUA board members are appointed by the Wilmington City Council and the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.

“It is our understanding that both the City and County requires their appointees to live within the CFPUA service area, with the City Council also preferring that their appointees live within the city limits,” said Mike McGill, chief communications officer for the CFPUA.

He said that to the best of CFPUA’s knowledge, all of its board members reside within the CFPUA service area.


Do any City Council members actually live in the city limits?

Why are police allowed to drive the police cars home when they live in another county?

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