Government Summary

  • Pitt County, the City of Greenville, and the Towns of Ayden, Bethel, Farmville, Winterville, and Grifton operate under the manager form of government.
  • Electoral process of County and City is by districts or wards, assuring minority representation.
  • County and Municipal governments are recognized for efficiency of operations, stable tax rates, expanding tax base and commitment to economic growth.
  • Pitt County’s G.O. Bond Rating is AA+ (Fitch), AA (Standard & Poor’s), and Aa2 (Moody’s); City of Greenville’s Bond Rating is A+ (Standard & Poor’s) and AA (Moody’s).
  • Expenditure of local county revenues, in order of magnitude, are: human services, education, public safety, and environmental protection.
  • Expenditures of local revenues by the City of Greenville, in order of magnitude, are: public safety, public works, parks and recreation, and community development.
  • The County and all major communities are involved in land-use planning and employ full-time staffs to prepare and plan for continued economic development.
  • The County and the City are recognized for progressive leadership within the eastern region of North Carolina.

The City of Greenville is dedicated to providing all citizens with quality services in an open, ethical manner, ensuring a community of distinction for the future.

Form of Government
Greenville has operated under the council-manager form of government since 1953. Under this form of government, the City Council, which is elected by the people, is the final authority on most matters relating to Greenville’s government. The City Council employs a City Manager to handle the day-to-day operations of the City. The Mayor is a non-voting “member” of the Council, unless a tie-breaking vote is required.

The mayor acts as the official head of the government and spokesperson for the Council. The Mayor also presides at all Council meetings and signs all documents authorized by the Council. The Mayor Pro-Tem is selected by each newly elected Council to assume all mayoral duties in the absence of the Mayor.

Together, the Mayor and City Council are responsible for establishing general policies for the operation of the City, appointing the City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk, and members of the volunteer boards and commissions. The Council enacts ordinances, resolutions, and orders; adopts the annual budget; approves the financing of all City operations; and authorizes contracts.

Elections are held every other November (in odd years) for Mayor and six city council members. Elections are non-partisan. Candidates run for office under a system electing five district representatives, one at-large representative, and the Mayor at-large. At-large candidates represent the entire City rather than a specific district or ward.

For more information, contact:
City of Greenville
200 W. Fifth St., P.O. Box 7207
Greenville, NC  27835

To enhance the health, safety, and well being of the community by advocating for and providing quality services in a friendly, efficient, and cost-effective manner.

Form of Government
Pitt County operates under the Commissioner/Manager form of government (adopted in 1970) whereby an elected Board of Commissioners: 1) establishes board operational policies and guidelines and, 2) selects a professional manager to be responsible for day to day administration and implementation of objectives. The manager also prepares the annual budget and capital improvements program for the Board’s approval.

Election of Commissioners
The nine members of the County Board of Commissioners are elected to staggered, four-year terms ensuring a smooth transition of county policies from one year to the next. Commissioners must reside within and are elected by the district they serve. Six Commissioners are elected from individual districts and three are elected from combining individual districts.

Financial Condition
Under State law, all units of government in North Carolina must operate with balanced budgets. Pitt County has been fortunate to maintain an excellent level of service without assessing numerous user fees for the past several years. Annual independent audits continue to confirm the County’s sound financial condition and use of excellent accounting procedures.

For more information, contact:
County of Pitt
1717 W. Fifth St.
Greenville, NC 27834

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