Mecklenburg County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, "Commonwealth" — of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 32,380. Its county seat is Boydton.
Mecklenburg County was established in 1765 from Lunenburg County
Mecklenburg County is governed by a 9-member Board of Supervisors. 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 - W.P Hudgins, Sr.,
- District 2 - Glanzy M. Spain,Jr.,
- District 3 - Evans D. Tanner, Jr.,
- District 4 - James A. Hudson,
- District 5 - Glenn E. Barbour-Chair,
- District 6 - William E. Blalock,
- District 7 - James D. Jennings,
- District 8 - L. Orell Lenhart,
- District 9 - Greg V. Gordon-Vice Chair
Under the Virginia Constitution
within the Commonwealth
, localities 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 and 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 Revnue 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 in Mecklenburg County Court in all cases.
- Commissioner of Revenue - chief assesor 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 the county.
- Clerk of Court - Edward E. Coleman, Jr.
- Commonwealth Attorney - Nora J. Miller
- Commissioner of Revenue - Ed Taylor
- Treasurer - Sandra P. Langford
- Sheriff - Danny R. Fox
Departments and department heads
Listed below are the County facilities, the department housed in that facility and its head.
- Goode Bank Building
- Board of Supervisor's (See Supervisor's List Above)
- County Administrator's Office- H. Wayne Carter, III (Administrator)
- Economic Development Director's Office- Angela D. Kellett (Director)
- Building Inspector's Office- David Hash (Chief Inspector)
- Zoning Administrator's Office- Robert L. Hendrick (Zoning Administrator
- Animal Warden's Office- Dave Wilden (Animal Warden)
- Circuit Court-The Honorable Leslie M. Osbourn (Judge)
- Circuit Court Clerk's Office- The Honorable E. E. Coleman, Jr. (Clerk)
- Mark I. Burnett Building
- Commissioner of Revenue's Office- The Honorable Joseph E. Taylor (Commissioner)
- Real Estate Department-Lisa C. Wagstaff (Chief Deputy Commissioner/Real Estate Assessor)
- Personal Property Department-The Honorable Joseph E. Taylor (Commissioner)
- Treasurer's Office- The Honorable Sandra P. Langford (Treasurer)
- VPI Extension Office- C. Taylor Clarke (Unit Coordinator/ANR Extension Agent)
- Hudgins Court Facility
- Social Services- Sandra S. Gregory (Director)
- General District Court- The Honorable Charles Warren (Judge)
- General District Clerk's Office- Tammy T. Taylor (Clerk)
- Juvenile & Domestic Court- The Honorable M. Rand (Judge), The Honorable S. Anderson Nelson (Judge)
- J&D Court Clerk's Office- Rebecca D. Inge (Clerk)
- J&D Court Service Unit
- Sheriff's Office- The Honorable Danny R. Fox (Sheriff)
- Old Jail
- Commonwealth Attorney's Office- The Honorable Nora J. Miller (Commonwealth's Attorney)
- 911 Center
- 911 Emergency Office and Dispatch- Linda Cage (Director)
- Jail Division of the Sheriff's Office- Roosevelt Terry (Jail Captain)
- Post Office Building
- Piedmont Court Services- Jackie T. Boxley (Director)
- White Building
- Voter Registrar- Elthelbert Carter (General Registrar)
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total area of 679 square miles
), of which, 624 square miles (1,616 km²) of it is land and 55 square miles (143 km²) of it (8.15%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 32,380 people, 12,951 households, and 8,962 families residing in the county. The population density
was 52 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 17,403 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 59.24% White
, 39.08% Black
or African American
, 0.21% Native American
, 0.30% Asian
, 0.01% Pacific Islander
, 0.48% from other races
, and 0.68% from two or more races. 1.21% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
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.