Chris O’Keefe has been with New Hanover County since 1990 when he was hired by the New Hanover County Planning Department. Chris has seen the County grow as his responsibilities have increased. He assumed the planning director’s position in July 2006. Three years later, the planning and inspections departments were combined in an effort to streamline the development process, and Chris became the director of the combined department.
As a planner, Chris worked with the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund to obtain grant funding to purchase properties along the county’s waterways. Airlie Gardens and Wade Park are two projects resulting from these efforts. Chris works with the New Hanover County Planning Board to develop and recommend development policies to the Board of Commissioners. Prior to coming to Wilmington, Chris worked in economic development for Oglethorpe Power Corporation. Before that, he was a paralegal with a law firm in Atlanta, GA.
Chris has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Emory University, and a Master of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech, where he specialized in land-use planning. In 2008, Chris was the recipient of the coveted Public Servant of the Year award from the University of North Carolina Wilmington for his efforts to promote and preserve quality of life. Chris is an avid cyclist, canoeist, and soccer player.
James “Jim” Iannucci brings more than 25 years of experience in military, public and private sectors to the New Hanover County Engineering Department. As county engineer, Jim serves as the director of the department, carrying out the duties of storm water, sedimentation and erosion control, subdivision review, shore protection, and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) projects for New Hanover County. The department also responds following natural disasters such as hurricanes, nor’easters and flooding events to protect property in the unincorporated county.
Jim is a former United States Naval Officer, and a registered professional engineer in North and South Carolina. Jim is also a certified floodplain manager. Previously, Jim was a locating engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He also managed an engineering and surveying office.
Jim attended Pennsylvania State University on a Navy ROTC scholarship. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1990. When not assisting the citizens of New Hanover County in improving drainage on their properties, Jim can be found on his bicycle. He has ridden across the state of North Carolina twice and enjoys long-distance rides in all parts of the Tarheel State.