Northwest became Brunswick County’s 18th town in 1993. The City of about 750 residents in northern Brunswick County is governed by a Mayor and five Council members.
The City hired its first City Clerk in June 1993 and a Police Chief in December 1996.
The City began operating in the fire station, and the police department was housed in the community building. City officials hoped to move the administration and police department into a new City Hall by December 1998.
A 5-acre tract next to the community building was purchased for the City Hall.
City ordinances set up zoning districts, including residential, agricultural/forestry, commercial and industrial. There was also a subdivision ordinance.
The City began consulting with the Rural Economic Development Center to establish a public water system for residents.
Currently, the governing board is still a Mayor and five Council members. There is an estimation of 300 water and sewer customers. The City provides police protection, administration services, upkeep of roads through the Powell Bill allocation along with park and recreation events. There are an estimated 804 residents in the City.