Onslow County, North Carolina

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Onslow County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is included in the Jacksonville, North Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2006, the population was 150,673.[1] Its county seat is Jacksonville[2].


Law and government

The structure of local government in Onslow County was established in the late 19th century and consists of a five-member Board of Commissioners, elected at large for four-year terms. The Board establishes policies and ordinances implemented by the County Manager and his staff. Commissioners are, W.C. Jarman, Chairman, Paul Buchanan, Vice-Chairman, Barbara M. Ikner , William H. Keller III, and Lionell Midgett.

The main law enforcement agency for Onslow County is the Onslow County Sheriff's Department. The elected sheriff is Sheriff Edward Earl Brown.

Onslow County is a member of the regional Eastern Carolina Council of Governments


European and English settlers arrived here in 1713 in what was originally part of the colonial precincts of Carteret and New Hanover. Onslow County was formed in 1734 and was named for the Honorable Arthur Onslow, Speaker of the British House of Commons. After a lethal 1752 hurricane, the county courthouse was relocated from Town Point to Wantland’s Ferry; this settlement was eventually incorporated in 1842 and named Jacksonville after President Andrew Jackson. Largely a collection of sparsely populated agrarian and maritime communities, Onslow County dramatically changed in the early 1940s with the establishment of the United States Army Camp Davis near Holly Ridge (now defunct), and the creation of Camp Lejeune in 1941.

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