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Mecklenburg County was organized on March 1, 1765, having split from Lunenburg County in 1764 as the result of the passage of an act by the Virginia General Assembly. Due to new settlement and population increases in the area, the legislature divided Lunenburg into three counties: Lunenburg, Charlotte, and Mecklenburg. It was named after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
The first county government consisted of 13 members; Robert Munford, Richard Witton, John Speed, Henry Delony, Edmund Taylor, Benjamin Baird, John Camp, Thomas Erskine, John Potter, John Cox, Thomas Anderson, John Speed, Jr., and Samuel Hopkins; with Benjamin Baird acting as the first mayor.
Mecklenburg County is governed by a 9-member Board of Supervisors, each elected from a single-member district. They serve as the legislating and policy body for the county enacting laws, ordinances, and taxes. They appoint a County Administrator to conduct day-to-day operations. H. Wayne Carter, III is the current County Administrator, Judy P. Sheffield is the current Assistant County Administrator.
The board members are:
District 1 - Andy Hargrove
District 2 - Glanzy M. Spain, Jr.,
District 3 - Evans D. Tanner, Jr.,
District 4 - Claudia Lundy
District 5 - Glenn E. Barbour-Chair,
District 6 - P. Sterling Wilkinson,
District 7 - James D. Jennings,
District 8 - David A. Brankley,
District 9 - Greg V. Gordon-Vice Chair
Under the Virginia Constitution, each county and city within the state must install Constitutional Officers. Counties under the Traditional Form of Government must install all five officers. The majority of Virginia counties operate under the Traditional Form. Counties with the County Executive Form, Urban County Executive, or County Manager Plan of Government usually install just three (Clerk, Commonwealth Attorney, and Sheriff) opting for a Director of Finance appointed by the Board to take the place of the Commissioner of Revenue and Treasurer. Examples are (Fairfax, Henrico and Prince William Counties). These officers are heads of their respective departments. They consist of:
Clerk of Circuit Court - responsible for all circuit court records civil and criminal, along with all deeds, wills, plats and other records.
Commonwealth's Attorney - responsible to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia in Mecklenburg County Court in all cases, chief prosecuting officer for their jurisdiction.
Commissioner of Revenue - chief assessor of all real estate and personal property within the county and recommends a tax rate to the Board of Supervisors and maintains accurate real estate records for the Land Book.
Treasurer - manages all finances within the county, helps prepare the budget for submission to the Board, and is responsible for the collection of all taxes.
Sheriff - Chief law enforcement officer for their jurisdiction.
Clerk of Court - Michelle Gordon
Commonwealth Attorney - Allen Nash
Commissioner of Revenue - Joseph E.(Ed) Taylor
Treasurer - Sandra P. Langford
Sheriff - Robert (Bobby) Hawkins
The county's education department is called the Mecklenburg County Public Schools. It is currently managed by the Board of Education. It seats Mr. Paul Nichols as the County Schools Superintendent.
Government and infrastructure
County departments and department heads
Listed below are the County facilities, the department housed in that facility and its head.
Goode Bank Building
Board of Supervisors (See Supervisor's List Above)
County Administrator's Office- H. Wayne Carter, III (Administrator)
Economic Development Director's Office- Angela D. Kellett (Director)
Tourism Office- Jacob P. Bower (Coordinator)
Building Inspector's Office- Eddie Harris (Chief Inspector)
Zoning Administrator's Office- Robert L. Hendrick (Zoning Administrator)
There were 12,951 households out of which 26.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.00% were married couples living together, 14.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the county, the population was spread out with 21.60% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 17.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,380, and the median income for a family was $37,752. Males had a median income of $26,852 versus $19,609 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,171. About 11.60% of families and 15.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.60% of those under age 18 and 17.30% of those age 65 or over.