New Hanover County/City of Wilmington Community Relations Advisory Committee

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This is a joint committee appointed by the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County to serve three (3)-year, staggered terms, of no more than two (2) full successive terms, unless there is a break of at least one (1) full term between appointments. Members represent the community sectors of civil rights, faith, business, and education. Membership also includes at-large representatives.

Twelve (12) members

  • Six (6) appointed by City Council
  • Six (6) appointed by New Hanover County Board of Commissioners
  • Two (2) ex-officio members of the County Sheriff and Chief of Police or their designees


The Committee was organized effective October 1, 2016 for the purpose of addressing community issues involving prejudice or discrimination on the bases of race, national origin, creed or religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.  The Committee informs the appointing authorities and other organizations of their findings; and makes recommendations, in an advisory capacity, to the appointing authorities and other organizations, as necessary.


At a minimum, the Committee meets quarterly.


Time, day and place of meetings will be set each year by the Committee at their July meeting.

Staff Liaison

Erris Dunston, Economic Development Liaison: (910) 341-5870