Carteret County Government Profile & Contact Information

Carteret County Government Profile & Contact Information

Founded: 1722

Name’s Origin: John Carteret, who became Earl Granville, one of the Lord Proprietors

Population: 68,879

Tax rate: 31 cents per $100 valuation

Garbage collection: The county is a member of the Coastal Regional Solid Waste Management Authority with Craven and Pamlico counties. The authority operates a tri-county landfill.

Carteret County contracts with G.D.S. Republic to operate solid waste convenience and recycling centers in the county.

Water: The county operates and maintains the Merrimon Water System in addition to the Mill Creek/North River System.

Sewer: No county sewer service is available.

Utilities: Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative, 252-247-3107; Duke Energy 800-419-6356; CenturyLink, 252-633-9011, Spectrum 866- 874-2389

Education: Carteret County Board of Education, 107 Safrit Drive, Beaufort. Superintendent, Dr. Dan Novey, 252-728-4583. There are 18 county schools, including nine elementary schools, five middle schools, one alternative school, three high schools, and one preschool center. Other educational institutions are Carteret Community College in Morehead City, 252-222-6141; University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, 252-726-6841; and Duke University Marine Laboratory, 252-504-7503

Government: County Manager, Tommy Burns, office in Administration Building at the corner of U.S. 70 and Turner Street in Beaufort, 252-728-8450. County Commissioners are: Mark Mansfield, chairman; Robin Comer, vice-chairman; Jimmy Farrington, Ed Wheatley, Bob Cavanaugh, Jonathan Robinson, and Bill Smith. Meetings are at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month in the Administration Building. Commissioners are elected by district and serve staggered terms.

Courthouse: Courthouse Square at the corner of U.S. 70 and Turner Street in Beaufort, 252-504-4400. Clerk of Court is Pam Hanson.

Law enforcement: Sheriff’s Department and county jail, Courthouse Square at the corner of U.S. 70 and Turner Street in Beaufort, 252-728-8400, Sheriff Asa Buck

Elections: Board of Elections, 1702 Live Oak St. in Beaufort, 252-728-8460

Parks: The county operates 14 parks, four of which have water access at locations throughout the county. Parks and recreation office, 252-808-3301

Economic Development: The Carteret County Economic Development Council, 3615 Arendell St., Morehead City, 252-222-6120

Social Services: Department of Social Services, 210 Craven Street in Beaufort, 252-728-3181. Health Department, Bridges Street in Morehead City, 252-728-8550. The WIC office number is 252-222-7710

Health Department: Bridges Street in Morehead City, 252-728-8550

Property: Planning and Building Inspections, 402 Broad Street in Beaufort, 252-728-8545

Veterans Services: Veteran Services Office, 3710-B John Platt Drive, Morehead City, 252-728-8440

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