About Our Department

Brent Trout, County Manager 

  • Email: btrout@harnett.org
  • Address: 455 McKinney Parkway (Physical) P.O. Box 759 (Mailing), Lillington, NC 27546
  • Phone: 910-893-7555
  • Fax: 910-814-2662

Harnett County is one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina with approximately 140,000 residents. Harnett's tagline of "Strong Roots, New Growth," describes a county in transition, one that values its rural agricultural heritage while also embracing new growth and industry. Harnett County is optimally located just between North Carolina's capital city of Raleigh and the internationally recognized Research Triangle Park to the north, and the nation's largest military installation in Fort Bragg to the south.

The County Manager serves as chief administrator of county government and maintains responsibility for administering all departments under the general control of the five-member Board of Commissioners.

One major task of the County Manager involves the development of the annual budget. The budget is the policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device of the county. It reflects the county's response to the needs of the community and resident requests for services.

County Administration is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Board of Commissioners, as well as supervising the budget of County governmental departments.