Hoke County is one of the 100 counties in North Carolina, United States of America. It was formed in 1911 from parts of Cumberland County and Robeson County and named for Robert Frederick Hoke, a Confederate major general during the American Civil War.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hoke County has a total area of 1,020 km2, of which 1,010 km2 is land and 4.1 km2 is water. Its estimated population as at 2016 is 53,262.
The county seat or administrative center of Hoke County is Raeford, the largest city in the county. The courthouse and prison are located in this city. It has a total area of 9.8 km2, and as at 2016 has an estimated population of 4998.
Hoke County, just like most counties in the United States, has significant governmental functions. Its government consists of the County Board of Commissioners, Boards and Committees, Clerk of the Court.
County Board of Commissioners
Hoke County Board of Commissioners consists of five members. The current members include:
- James Leach – Chairman
- Harry Southerland – Vice-Chairman
- Allen Thomas, Jr.
- Robert Wright
- Tony Hunt
Hoke County Commissioners wield both executive and legislative powers. They are responsible for the county’s budget and overseeing all the aspects of Hoke County’s government. They maintain and supervise county properties including the hospitals, jail system, courthouse, public offices within the county. The Board of Commissioners is also responsible for appointing members of the municipal authority.
Boards and Committees
Boards and committees include the following:
- Board of Elections – The current members include: Robert E. Vaughn (Chairman), John Harry (Secretary), and Gloria B. Hill (Member). They are responsible for registering voters and conducting elections within the county.
- Board of Adjustments – Consists of five members appointed by the Board of Commissioners. Board of Adjustment has the power and duty to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the zoning administrator in the enforcement of this ordinance.
- Board of Health – The Board of Health is the policy-making, rule-making, and adjudicatory body for the Hoke County Health Department. The board has the responsibility to protect and promote public health in Hoke County.
- Planning Board – Makes studies of the County and surrounding areas; determines objectives to be sought in the development of the study area; Prepares and adopts plans for achieving these objectives.
Other boards include the Board of Social Services, Communications Advisory Board, Library Board, Cooperative Extension Committee, Senior Services Board, Parks and Recreation Board, Transportation Board.
The Boards and Committees supervise the activities of the different departments of the county.
Central Permitting provides services like building inspections, fire inspections, planning and zoning, septic tank permits, development plan review, ordinance enforcement and other activities in the county.
Clerk of the Court
Clerk of the Court interacts with natives of Hoke County on all aspects of the judicial system in the County. The clerk’s office helps with the process of name changing and child adoption if all the necessary parties agree.
The government of Hoke County also collects taxes on Real Estates, personal property etc.; provides security and works towards the achievement of the overall development of the county.