Purpose & History

The Association

Founded in 1908, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is one of the most successful and active statewide local government associations in the nation. The NCACC advocates for county government before the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government.

Boards of commissioners in every county are eligible for membership in the association. Collectively through the association, they strive to preserve and protect the authority and ability of county governments to deliver the services for which they are responsible.

NCACC Vision Statement

“Empowering 100 counties to work together for the betterment of one state.”

NCACC Mission Statement

“Our Association supports and promotes the well-being of all North Carolina counties 
through advocacy, education, research, and member services.”

NCACC Core Values

The Association recognizes counties’ critical partnership with the state of North Carolina and promotes strategies that enhance state and county collaboration, communication and cooperation.

Counties are an integral part of a strong intergovernmental system, along with municipalities, school boards, the state and the federal government. Cooperation and communication between all levels of government are essential in order to provide the best and most efficient services to citizens. Counties are the level of government closest to the people.

The Association promotes strengthening of local decision-making to respond to local needs. Counties should be free to organize as appropriate for efficient and effective delivery of services. Flexibility of form, function and finance is critical. A proper balance of service responsibility and revenue generating authority is imperative.

Essential services should be financed through state or federal revenues to ensure statewide availability and consistency. State mandated services should be funded from state revenue sources; federally mandated services should be financed from federal revenue sources.
Policy changes affecting counties should be preceded by fair and equitable negotiations.

New initiatives should allow adequate lead time for implementation within the county budget schedule. The state should consider the resource limitations of counties when implementing new state and federal programs.

The Association will be proactive in providing information to the NC General Assembly, US Congress and the public to assist in the passage of sound legislation beneficial to the administration of county government affairs and will oppose legislation injurious thereto.

Association Staff

The association employs a professional staff to run the day-to-day operations and to provide expertise in the areas of: