Cumberland County, North Carolina

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This information was last reviewed: 6/15/12

Cumberland County is one of 100 counties in North Carolina. It is part of the Fayetteville, North Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its county seat is Fayetteville. As of 2010 Cumberland County had a population of 319,431.

The county was formed in 1754 from Bladen County. It was named for Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-1765), captain-general of the British army and victorious commander at the Battle of Culloden. In 1771 parts of Cumberland County, Johnston County, and Orange County were combined to form Wake County. In July 1784 the western part of Cumberland County became Moore County; the eastern part became Fayette County in honor of the Marquis de la Fayette, but the name Cumberland County was restored three months later. In 1855 the northern part of Cumberland County became Harnett County. Finally, in 1911 parts of Cumberland County and Robeson County were combined to form Hoke County.[1]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of North Carolina county websites

The good

  • The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last three years[2]
  • The calendar of meetings[3] and meeting agendas and minutes are available and archived at least three years[4]
  • Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[5]
  • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[6]
  • Permit applications are available for download[7]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[8]
  • A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location[9]
  • Tax revenues are available[10] and tax rates are published[11]

The bad

  • Zoning information is incomplete; a search of zoning generates agenda results and rezoning information from 2009.
  • No purchasing information is available, except for vendor registration information.
  • Information on lobbying and membership to government sector lobbying associations and associated fees is unavailable.

Elected Officials

Name Title
Marshall Faircloth Board Chairman
Jimmy Keefe Vice Chairman
Jeanette Council District 1 Councilmember
Kenneth Edge District 2 Councilmember
Charles Evans At-Large Councilmember
Billy King District 1 Councilmember
Edward Melvin At-Large Councilmember

Administrative Officials

Name Title
Thanena Wilson Director Community Development
James Martin County Manager
Amy Cannon Deputy County Manager
James Lawson Assistant County Manager
Jeffery Brown Director Engineering and Infrastructure
Amy Cannon Director of Finance
James Lawson Director Human Resources
Betty Clark IS Technology Director
Rick Moorefield County Attorney
Tom Lloyd Director Planning Department
Sally Shutt Director Communications & Public Information
Lee Warren, Jr. Register of Deeds
Earl “Moose” Butler Sheriff
Aaron Donaldson Director of Tax Administration


The adopted general fund for FY 2011-12 is $291,287,212, -$118,942 less than the request budget.

Department costs are the largest expenditure for the city (45.72%) accounting for $133,163,392 in spending, which includes personnel costs, basic operating costs, other charges and services, and capital outlay.[12]


The county seat, Fayetteville, received $74,673,363 in federal stimulus funds in 2 contracts and 17 grants.[13]

Local taxes

The County-wide Ad Valorem tax rate and levy of 74.0 cents per $100 valuation was adjusted. The tax levy is based on a countrywide valuation of $21,334,340,980 with an overall collection rate of 97.16%. The county earmarked .6 cents of the county-wide tax rate for the jail expansion capital project. The special recreation tax rate and levy of 5 cents per $100 valuation was also adopted.[14]

Ad valorem taxes account for $157,365,538, including real and per property taxes, motor vehicle taxes, and prior surpluses and other taxes account for $36,849,268.[15]


See also: North Carolina state government salary


See also: North Carolina public pensions

Emergency personnel


See also: North Carolina government sector lobbying

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