County Overview

Craven County Today

Today, Craven County's history contributes to one of its major economic engines - tourism. The 20th century has also brought a strong military presence back to Craven County with the establishment of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Progressive, forward-looking accomplishments can be seen in the areas of facility development, accessibility of services, economic development, conservation/environment, and the ability to operate with mobility and flexibility.

About our Government

Craven County adopted the County Manager form of government in 1979. The Administration Department, under the leadership of the County Manager, provides administrative support to the Board of Commissioners and maintains overall responsibility for operation of the County's departments.

It serves also as staff support for all departments in the areas of special projects, budgeting, and bidding. Custody of the County seal and official records of the governing body is the responsibility of the Administration Department.

County Functions

Although counties and municipalities often work collaboratively and may have some parallel responsibilities, there are several areas of responsibility that distinguish counties from cities.

Counties in North Carolina are solely responsible for maintaining vital records (birth, marriage, death certificates), maintaining land records, providing for health and social services, conducting elections, providing school and court facilities, and establishing the appraised value of real property. Additionally, in Craven County, the hospital and airport are owned by the County and governed by an appointed authority.

A large brick building.
A mounted plane statue.
A marina full of boats.

What You Do for Craven County

You can be a good citizen. Citizen involvement is invited and encouraged. Citizens may participate in Craven County affairs by:

  • Being a caretaker of the county by taking pride in the appearance and taking part in the upkeep of public spaces
  • Contributing ideas
  • Learning how county government works
  • Voting in all elections
  • Volunteering to serve on sub-committees and boards established by the county