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Harnett County

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Harnett County is comprised of five incorporated municipalities and several unincorporated communities. More than 91,000  people live in this historic and beautiful heart of North Carolina.

Harnett County Government

From 1855 through 1868, Harnett County was governed by the old Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, a system of county government with a long tradition in British history. A group of Justices of the Peace met four times per year to take care of the affairs of the county, as well as administer punishment for minor offenses.

Since 1868, the county has been governed by a Board of County Commissioners. Five members are elected to this board from five different geographic districts across the county. Each commissioner is elected to a four-year term.

To assist in the massive task of administering the affairs of the county, the commissioners employ a County Manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of the government. He is currently responsible for a staff of more than five hundred employees who provide services ranging from sewer, water, tax collection and, of course, a Public Library.

There are a number of boards appointed by the County Commissioners to act in an advisory capacity. They provide input in several areas of government.

In addition to electing the County Commissioners, the people of Harnett also choose the following elected officials: Sheriff, Register of Deeds, Clerk of Court, School Board, and County Surveyor.

For more information on County Government in North Carolina, please refer to Local Government in North Carolina by Gordon P. Whitaker 352.0756 Whi

The Harnett County Communities

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This page was last updated 08/18/2011