About Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County was formed in 1762 from the western part of Anson County and the first official governmental action took place in February 1763.

The North Carolina State Constitution approved in 1868 gave the citizens of all counties the right to elect a Board of County Commissioners to govern them.

From 1868 to 1986, Mecklenburg County was governed by a five member board elected at-large. The first seven-member board took office in 1986 and in 1994, the first nine-member Board took office. Six members are elected by districts and three are ​elected at-large.

Elections for the Board are held in November of even-numbered years. The Board takes office on the first Monday in December following the November election. A chairman and vice chairman are elected at the Board's first meeting in December.

The Board's primary responsibilities are to adopt an annual budget, set a property tax rate and establish priorities to address the County's needs, especially in the areas of health, education, welfare and mental health.

Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners Community Vision

Mecklenburg County will be a community of pride and choice for people to live, learn, work and recreate.

Mecklenburg County Mission Statement

To serve Mecklenburg County residents by helping them improve their lives and community.

Mecklenburg County Vision Statement

Mecklenburg County will be the best local government service provider.

Values and Guiding Principles

Ethics: We work with integrity. 

Customers: We serve our customers with courtesy and respect.

Employees: We recognize employees as our most important resource.

Excellence: We invest in learning and improving.

Teams: We work as a team, respecting each other.

Accountability: We focus on results.