About Craven County...

County Manager - Jack VeitWelcome to Craven County's web site!

Established in 1712, Craven County is now home to approximately 103,000 residents. Many newcomers and visitors are attracted to Craven County due to its moderate climate, scenic location, historic and recreational attractions and wealth of services. Craven County is a brilliant example of the "old" co-existing peacefully with the "new". Our history is distinguished. Our present and future are shaped by innovation, and driven by new technologies.

For newcomers, Craven County offers an abundance of housing options, located in eight municipalities, numerous subdivisions and other unincorporated areas within the County's 712 square miles. An expanding and developing workforce, a diverse population, availability of numerous professional services and easy access to major transportation arteries are attractive features for businesses seeking development, expansion and relocation opportunities.

Craven County cherishes its proud heritage and superb quality of life, which we strive to preserve, enjoy and share with visitors and newcomers. Craven County also looks to a bright future, as we find new and innovative ways to deliver superior services to this community. These combinations of factors help to make Craven County an extraordinary place to live, work, raise a family or to visit.

Jack B. Veit III
Craven County Manager

406 Craven Street
New Bern, NC 28560

Phone: 252-636-6600
Fax: 252-637-0526







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.


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.

Administration Staff: E-Mail Address:
Jack B. Veit III
County Manager
Gene Hodges
Assistant County Manager
Gwendolyn M. Bryan
Clerk to the Board of Commissioners
Alison J. Newcombe
Administrative Assistant

County Organizational Chart

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.

What Can 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:

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



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