Berger flips out on fellow commissioners, county manager and staffers


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Submitted: Wed, 03/30/2011 - 3:56am
Updated: Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:45pm By:

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger sent a scathing email on Monday to members of the county staff, ripping them apart for not getting information to him he requested regarding an air-quality issue.

In the email, Berger claims aside from not getting the info he wants, he’s also not been invited to what he calls “secret meetings” and not being included in on the decision making process.

He also says, “THIS PROCESS IS ABUSIVE, INDICATIVE OF CORRUPTION, AND IT ENDS TODAY.” (The all caps are his.) “I am extremely disappointed in the County’s secrecy, concealment of information, indications of hidden agendas, and if there is no validity to these assertions…drop the games.”

We have reached out to Berger to find out more about his accusations. He won’t call us back. We’re also talking with Commissioner Jason Thompson right now and we’ll have his reaction on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 6.

EDITOR’S NOTE: There was no way to forward Berger’s email back to the TV station, so we had to type it out long-hand. This is a copy of the entire email. The caps and bold font are Berger’s.

FROM: Brian Berger
SENT: Monday, March 28, 2011 10:59 AM
TO: Bruce Shell (New Hanover County Manager), Chris Coudriet (Assistant County Manager), Chris O’Keefe (County Planning Manager), Shawn Ralston (Senior Environmental Planner)
CC: wilmingtonliberty@hotmail.com
SUBJECT: RE: Request for Information on Non-Attainment Issues

Chris and Shawn,

Where are the original documents and information I requested amd have yet to receive from your department?

If I wanted filtered documents I’d have asked for filtered documents and information, I asked for a complete file of raw information, documents, meeting schedules and written summaries of previous meetings from the past six months and next six months. I do not want that information “cleansed” “filtered” or “altered” and my patience is wearing thin. I don’t appreciate the secrecy and games being played with this issue.

Shawn, Please PROVIDE THE RESPONSE TO MY REQUEST DIRECTLY TO ME TODAY WITH ALL THE RAW INFORMATION I REQUESTED. I did not ask for that information to be sent to a middleman to “filter” the information for me to decide what I can and can’t see, this is not acceptable.

Shawn, I want all the documents I requested which you have not provided to me delivered to me AS REQUESTED immediately. A full un-altered file as you proveded to the County Manager(s) EXACTLY as provided.

Bruce and Chris C, if you have directed Chris O’Keefe and Shawn to stonewall my request that is unacceptable. However, given the secretive meetings involving other commissioners and staff on the non-attainment issues, please add the dates of any meetings among staff and any commissioners present and a briefing of who was at those meetings, the dates, decisions and proposals discussed, and an explaination for why I was left in the dark?

I want added to Shawn’s documents which should be delivered to me this morning in full without an revisions, a separate set of documentation from the County Manager including a list of all meetings involving internal staff, commissioners selected without discussion who were part of that process I have been kept in the dark about, and any documentation of substance not in Shawn’s file for me — priovdided separately TODAY — this can be added to Shawn’s file sent to County staff but not me (who made the request but apparently the only one to not receive the information despite being the source of the request).

Rick Catlin has alluded to secretive meetings where issues have been discussed and misinformation and strategies were discussed. I want a full account of all such meetings.

I expect to be invited to and involved in scheduling for any meeting (including internal) on non-attainment and related issues beginning TODAY!!!!

This stonewalling and secrecy and attempt to filter information is NOT ACCEPTABLE.

Any information you can add that supplements the file Shawn has compiled send to me under separate cover, I expect to receive Shawn’s raw information responding to my original request sent to me electronically THIS MORNING. BRUCE and Chris C., I expect any additional information provided separately without altering one word or removing a single document from shawn’s file fulfilling my request. Any additions to Shawn’s file including meetings Rick C. has alluded to I expect from the County Manager today! Separate from Shawn’s file with all the documents, correspondence and other info I requested.

I want full information on these internal meetings and external meetings, and stategy discussions I was barred from any knowledge or notice about over the last six months. Who was there? What strategies were discussed? Date? Location? All memos, correspondence, strategy and position documents I Want this morning!!!!,,

I EXPECT TO BE INVOLVED IN EVERY MEETING FROM NOW ON THIS ISSUE,.

The way this is being handled is, I repeat, NOT ACCEPTABLE. Maybe this is how things were done in the past and some (Commissioners and unelected individuals in the community want to handle this) but it HAS TO CHANGE.

I want the documents I requested today, directly from Shawn and Chris O’Keefe unedited and unchanged, in full compliance with my request. PLEASE TELL ME HOW YOU WILL FINALLY MEET MY REQUEST TODAY…ALL DOCUMENTS AND INFO SHOULD be provided electronically ASAP. Any information on meetings, documents, correspondence or additions to fulfill the spirit of my request which are in possession of Any County Manager(s), Legal staff, I expect to be provided as well today. Separate from the raw documents I want directly from County Planning. Bruce and Chris C. provide ALL ADDITIONS requestes here or reasonable additions and documentation and correspondence not in Shawn’s file fulfilling my request may be inserted into Shawn’s file I asked for but you received while I have been kept in the dark, sent under separate cover or inserted into Shawn’s file but how you provide these documents and written information SHOULD NOT DELAY THE FILES SHAWN WAS TO PROFIDE TO ME, DIRECTLY,

THIS APPROACH IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. I want a list of every meeting involving County Manager(s) today, I want any correspondence not in Shawn’s file today. I want a list of meetings involving County staff, commissioners, external regulatory agencies, community organizations, correspondence, memos, strategy suggestions, meeting summaries, sent to me today separate from Shawn’s complete file of unaltered or filtered documents delivered to me today unfiltered.

I EXPECT TO BE FULLY SATISFIED IN MY REQUESTS TODAY, AND A FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL MEETINGS FROM THE COUNTY MANAGER TODAY!!!! I expect a complete list of past and future meetings on “non-attainment” today, and an invitaton to attend every meeting scheduled from 9:00 am today until further notice.

After MY REQUEST for written files, is fully satisfied today (after unnecessary and unacceptable delay tactics).

I am absolutely appalled by the handling of this matter and I don’t want phone calls, or “updates”…It’s too late for that after what has occurred so far,. After I receive complete fulfillment of my requests from the Planning Dept. and County Manager(s), in writing, complete today, then discussions can occur on moving forward in a practical manner that ends the unacceptable handling of this issue to date.

BRUCE AND CHRIS C, instead of “filtering” the information from Planning, please send me a full transcript of meetings on this issue the past six months, who was present, who said what, strategy and position statements, correspondence, memos, and I want a schedule of internal and external meetings (every single meeting held or scheduled) with extensive details.

The secrecy and “spinning games” demand that I formally request a seat at the table for EVERY SINGLE meeting and conversation on this issue effective immediately, beginning today.

After my request is met today, in full, with separate responses from Shawn and Chris O’Keefe, and separate responses from the County Manager(s) to the request sent to Planning Dept. last week from the County today,as well, provided separately, in writing, with all electronic files sent electronically.

I am appalled at the way this has been handled. Secerecy was unneccessary but clearly the approach of County staff, and Commissioners who were not “kept out of the loop” as I have been. I was elected by the people and should not have to file FOIA requests or deal with this abuse of power by certain commissioners and/or staff.

When my request is satisfied by both the County Manager(s) and Shawn, today, separately, then we can talk about this issue, but not until my request is met, exactly as requested.

“Updates” are not an appropriate response to my request for original information, until I am satisfied my request has been met, all documents and meeting briefings are provided, TODAY!!!!

EVERY MEETING ENSURE I AM PRESENT AND ACCOUNTED FOR FROM NOW ON!!!!

Every document and correspondence I want from both Planning and County Managers, provided separately…and I want staff to develop a document with a complete list of what actions are needed to ensure the way this non-attainment issue has been dealt with NEVER happens again on any issue!!!!

I EXPECT MY REQUEST WILL BE FULFILLED TODAY, that from today forward I will have a seat at the table for every single meeting on this issue from now on, every document requested from the period I was kept out of the loop, and who was involved, decisions made…suggestions, position recommendations, correspondence.

I expect the information from Planning provided in full…exactly as requested, including the file sent to County Manager’s exactly as sent…And County Manager’s to only add ANY additional materials which are not part of the file prepared by the Planning department. Thos materials from County Management and Legal should be provided today, separately, inwriting, original documents and only meetings scheduling from today forward, and a full account of meetings the past six months or documents not provided to Shawn sent to me under separate cover.

This secrecy and approach ends today. I am fed up at being excluded and the misinformation and unauthorized activity on “non-attainment.”

Bruce and Chris C., I will send you the request sent to Chris O’Keefe and Shawn last week which I await a response to…I expect it today directly from Shawn. Nothing changed. You may revise that file but not delay or alter that file. If you wish to make any changes that must be provided in addition to the “raw” information. I expect TODAY a response in writing with all the information requested from Planning from your office as well.

Before amending anything from Shawn and Chris O’Keefe’s file in response to my request I WANT A LIST OF MEETINGS SCHEDULED, A SUMMARY OF PAST MEETINGS, STRATEGY DOCUMENTS

THIS PROCESS IS ABUSIVE, INDICATIVE OF CORRUPTION, AND IT ENDS TODAY. WE CAN TALK ABOUT THIS AFTER MY REQUEST IS FULFILLED BY THE COUNTY MANAGER(S) – DO NOT EVEN BOTHER TO REVISE AND STALL THE REQUEST SENT TO SHAWN AND CHRIS O’KEEFE. SEND ME YOUR RESPONSE TO THE REQUEST DIRECTED TO SHAWN LAST WEEK, ENSURING ANYTHING OMMITTED OR NOT INVOLVING THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT IS SENT TO ME IN WRITING TODAY, ELECTRONICALLY OR AVAILABLE IN THE COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE BY 5:00 PM TONIGHT AS A HARD COPY.

FIRST AND FOREMOST, SEND A LIST OF FUTURE MEETINGS, WITH ALL DETAILS, THIS MORNING, AND A LIST OF ALL DETAILS ON MEETINGS THE PAST SIX MONTHS, AND ANY CORRESPONDENCE, AND ANY INFORMATION ON STRATEGY DISCUSSIONS, DOCUMENTS, MEMOS, CORRESPONDENCE. BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS TODAY.\

I am extremely disappointed in the County’s secrecy, concealment of information, indications of hidden agendas, and if there is no validity to these assertations…drop the games. I was elected by the citizens and I am appalled that I being stonewalled and excluded from secretive discussions on the “non-attainment” issue. Get me that schedule of future meetings THIS MORNING, NOTE I WILL EXPECT TO BE PRESENT AT EVERY MEETING FROM NOW ON, AND GET ME ALL THE INFORMATION ON THIS MATTER PER MY REQUEST TODAY.

THE ACTIONS OF STAFF AND CERTAIN COMMISSIONERS HAS BEEN AN AFFRONT TO OPENNESS AND ACCOUNTABILITY.

HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO REQUEST INFORMATION AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL TO GET A RESPONSE????

Thank You for Getting Me a FULL Response with unaltered materials and documentation TODAY!!! (See request below to Chris O’Keefe and Shawn Ralston..I expect a full response from Planning today and a separate response from County Manager’s, completely separate from the response from Planning Dept., TODAY as well)

I hope this provess will end now and this is the last time I am excluded from discussions I should be involved in and the last time I request information and get stonewalled instead of a response, a total disregard for the public who expect that this “business as usual” from New Hanover County Government will end and we the people will be spared misleading information like that which has defined the handling of this non-attainment issue by the County is never repeated.

A FULL RESPONSE TO MY RERQUEST I EXPECT TODAY! No More excuses. We can talk “updates” and other actions to prevent a repeat of this affront to accountable open transparent government following fulfillment of my request, now with the same request being delivered (with this e-mail) to County Management that was previously sent to Planning Dept,. and I want responses from both today!

I expect to be at EVERY meeting and copied on all correspondence pertaining to “non-attainment” effective immediately, forwarded all previous correspondence and meeting info, today.

Thank You,

Brian

52 Comments

  • Guest says:

    This email sounds like a man that is totally frustrated and feels like banging his head against the wall. Isn’t this how we all feel when trying to deal with our wonderful local government. Has he received the information he requested?

  • Peter C. says:

    Since Ben McCoy and his ABLE supporters are mostly un-employed losers, please know that the many “pro-Berger” posts are from McCoy. It’s part of their policy to “win the blog wars” at all costs. Thus Berger and McCoy have no regular 9-5 job — they post many different comments in many different names. I’ve heard they use an IP masking service to trick WWAY, WECT and the StarNews blog sites into thinking they are many different computer users with unique IP addresses. But the tone and nutty rhetoric are all the same! Pathetic!

    Mirrors + Smoke + Wild unfounded accusations = THANKS guys.

  • Guest says:

    UM . . .SPECIAL INTEREST . . .CATLIN IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER. BERGER WHAT DO YOU DO BESIDES SIT AT HOME BLOGGING TO ALL OF US ABOUT YOUR GREATNESS AND CORRUPTION OF OTHERS. THANKYOU STRAIGHT TICKET VOTERS. . . .YOU LET ONE WAHOO IN AND THIS IS WHAT TAX PAYERS HAVE TO DEAL WITH IS AN IRATE, IRRATIONAL, UNPROFESSIONAL COMISSIONER FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. STOP WHINING AND START DOING SOME WORK BERGER!

  • Wilmington Native says:

    It sounds like Brian Berger thinks EVERY passing conversation is a “secret meeting” and should include him. Maybe there should be a moratorium on talking at the NHC Government Center when he’s not around, so he doesn’t miss any “secrets.”

    The guy is obviously being coached by his tea party compadres. So much for transparency.

    This is what people get when they vote straight ticket, folks. If anyone had taken the time to investigate this guy before casting his/her vote, it would have been obvious he isn’t fit for public office– or much else.

  • GOP Exec. Comm. says:

    Can’t you just hear that awful Alabama twang of Ben McCoy — Berger’s chief puppet-master — in the above comment?

    You’ve been EXPOSED for your multiple “guest (not verified)” comments, but we in leadership positions know who you are and your game’s up. Get on back to Alabama you unemployed loaf!

  • Guest says:

    You do know that this is WWAY & not Star News, right? Oh, sorry, Mr. Berger…

  • Guest says:

    Ok then, tell us what Mr. Berger’s “day job” is. Let’s see some transparency.

  • Guest says:

    The above email is not what I would expect from a sane and sober elected official. Someone needs to intervene and provide the gentleman some help

  • Guest says:

    What all this does is show us how reprehensible Catlin is.
    As I read the various e-mails and see some comments each has made,
    I have little doubt that Catlin tried to stiff Berger and ,in turn, those of us here by not keeping Berger in the loop or answering a question by phone. Beyond that, since he would rather not deal with facts, Catlin now tries smears. As others have noted this is an arrogant man not used to being challenged. who does he think he is- Bill Caster?
    Let’s move on and watch all these guys more closely.

  • Guest says:

    you dont understand you should research this like i did and you will see $75 was not all there was too it, now the county clerks salary and a extra work load for her is involved because thompson had indeferences about the county phone issued to him ..(quote from older news article) “When a citizen wants to reach Thompson, they can call the clerk at 798-7260, and she will send an email to the commissioner. Thompson has said earlier he will not seek re-election. “BERGER WAS FRUSTRATED WITH INFORMATION NOT BEING SENT TO HIM AND WHEN HE DID RECIEVE INFORMATION IT HAD BEEN ALTERED WITH OTHER COMMISIONERS THOUGHTS OR DETAILS …(I DONT CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS; BERGER EARNED MY VOTE AND DONATION ,HE STOOD UP FOR HIMSELF AND MORE SO FOR THE PEOPLE OF WILMINGTON FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR ALL , NO SECRETS, NO GAMES , NO ALTERED INFORMATION ,AND SENT IN A TIMELY MANNER … THATS THE KINDA MAN I WANT RUNNING THINGS FOR ME BERGER..(NOT ONE WHO TURNS A PHONE IN AND ONE WHO THINKS HE KNOWS IT ALL AND HE S RUNNING THE SHOW , OR ONE WHO STEALS PEOPLES NOTES AND SENDS THEM TO THE NEWS , AND ONE WHO MAKE S A BIG DEAL OUT OF A EMAIL THAT WAS PERFECTLY LEGAL AND BROKE NO LAWS AND WAS BEING ASSERTIVE DEMANDING THAT CHANGES BE MADE FOR MORE PRODUCTIVE COMMISIONER DUTIES …

  • Guest says:

    I think he might be eluding to something that has to do with being included in on meetings and might be somewhat upset that he is being left out and he might possibly be wanting information from someone that would support his feeling of exclusion but I’m not sure, still a little fuzzy on it.

  • Concerned Citizen says:

    First I just want to say Berger & Thompson are on POWER TRIPS! We need to get this crap out of office. They are just wasting the taxpayers money. They do NOTHING for the people. It’s schoolyard BS. Please everyone vote so the people can get someone in office who is there for the people instead of all the inside fighting. Nothing gets done because their egos are too big. This town is broke and all the commisioners do is fight amongst themselves. When are we the people going to realize that they do nothing for us!!!!!

  • Guest7969 says:

    So the email REPEATS itself and isn’t written as well as it could be….HOWEVER, as an elected leader he as a RIGHT to ask for information. It appears as if that information isn’t getting to his desk and people are trying to edit/hide things within them. I for one THANK Berger for stepping up and going against the grain here. I hope he keeps it up! Keeps the pressure on and plows thru any of the stonewalling that we all KNOW is present. The county manager needs to remember that he WORKS for those we elected and has a duty to provide documents that are being asked for. In addition, if employees aren’t providing the information…the county manager needs to knock some heads for others not doing their jobs. Bottom line…if I go past my floor manager and ask an employee for information and I don’t get it being told I have to go to my floor manager….that employee is FIRED! As the boss…I can go to whomever I want for information if that’s what I want to do. You can tell the floor manager that I asked for the information…but it’s my prerogative to get the information how I want it and from who I want it.

  • Guest says:

    Could your headline have been any more biased? Berger’s e-mail sounded like a man tired of getting the runaround. If he had ‘flipped out’ I’m guessing there would have been more expletives and a lot less coherence. Star News has once again proved their left wing bias.

  • Guest says:

    BERGER MEANS BUSINESS THE MAN IS SINCERE AND IS CONCERNED …It’s often said that politicians can truly be themselves when they don’t have a future run for office on their minds. Such appears to be the case with New Hanover County Commissioner Jason Thompson.

    Apparently upset that some wanted to access his county-subsidized cell phone records, Thompson decided to stop taking a stipend for his phone and stop taking calls concerning county business.

    He’ll return calls. But he wants callers to call the county commissioners’ office and they’ll send him an email, giving us yet another way to decrease efficiency in government.

    This is a childish solution and a cop-out for Thompson. He was once seen by many as a maverick that would not back down from an opinion or a fight. But with this move he appears to be checking out early and decreasing his commitment to service.

    Jason Thompson is still a county commissioner, and he still needs to be responsive. If this is any indication of how he is going to serve his remaining time in office, then why wait for the next election?
    ………….and i trust rick catlin about as far as i could throw him to make a basketball goal ….BERGER IS THE MAN.. HE IS CONCERNED AND VERY SINCERE ..BERGER STAND TALL BROTHER KEEP GOING AND DOING YOUR BEST FOR US… I BELIEVE IN YOU …

  • Guest says:

    Duplicity, doublespeak and smugness all add up to catlin -friend of developers, friend of catlin, friend of special interests. As someone below noted I do have voter remorse- I made the mistake fo voting for Catlin who is not being truthful rather than taking a chance on someone new. I’d rather have Berger asking questions on public matters than Catlin cutting deals with special interests!

  • Jay jones says:

    While I agree with Mr. Berger’s assertion that secret commission meetings must stop, it disturbs me to see what little knowledge he has in writing a concise letter to his colleagues.

    With this rambling letter complete with misspellings he appears to be a by product of what is coming out of our government schools these days.

    Has he not heard of spell checker?
    I love Mr. Berger’s enthusiasm and I appreciate him watching out for corruption in our county, but I implore him to improve his communication skills so that he will sound more like an adult and thus be taken more seriously.

  • Straight Shooter says:

    These guys are PATHETIC with too much time on their hands. Keep in mind, it was probably McCoy who wrote this stupid e-mail and many of the post that support Brian Berger on this site. How much longer are we going to put up with this crap??? OUT WITH BOTH OF THEM!!!!

  • Guest says:

    is that all your concerned with is someones spelling and grammar …there was nothing wrong with bergers email it was very professional and it stressed the point he was trying to make ,i found it very asssertive and wrote in a legal, legible manner .i dont blame the man look who he is working with, thompson has turned in a county phone because he was withholding information from the public ..its a shame all u have to do is push a button and wham any tom, dick , harry and marry is on the enternet doing spell checks …while programmers and pc technicians are the backbone that makes your button come on so you can do your lil preschool grammar check …

  • David Hazi says:

    Did Berger lose his professionalism? Sure. Did he misspell some words? Sure. But does that detract from the fact the other commissioners and other departments are excluding him from representing the very people that elected him? No, not at all.

    Its quite disgusting that people on here are blaming McCoy and Wilmington Liberty when the real blame should lie with the other elected officials on the county commission.

    Are you people that blind to what is going here or are you people just that dumb? Or is it that these comments are posted by political operatives and people that benefit from said good ol’ boy network? I refuse to believe that the comments on this board accurately reflect what the people of Wilmington actually believe.

    Is it really that crazy and “nut job” to ask for more transparency in local government? Is it really that crazy or “nut job” to ask the county to be a little more fiscally responsible?

    Where is the outrage in that?

    P.S. Thats not even a picture of Berger in the article, yet the file is labeled as such. Nice work WWAY.

  • Guest says:

    Look at it this way….since Jason Thompson isn’t taking a stipend for a county cell phone he is actually saving the taxpayers a few bucks, “it ain’t much but every little bit helps” don’t you think? Secondly, you said “It’s often said that politicians can truly be themselves when they don’t have a future run for office on their minds”, well Brian Berger is being himself and I hope he doesn’t have a future run in mind because it’s not going to happen, MARK MY WORDS!!!!!

  • Guest says:

    Please tell me you are joking. His letter was nothing more then an unstructured rant put to type. He was unclear at best not to mention abusive to a staff that I am sure has nothing to hide from him or any other citizen or elected official. How can one effect change if they can not master even the basics of written communication? He appears to be playing (although poorly) the same political games he accuses others of. I can’t believe I have to say this, but I agree with Mr. Thomson, Mr. Berger needs a civics class, not to mention some remedial English lessons.

  • Guest says:

    I still haven’t heard what the allegations are. Secrecy, collusion, conflict of interest? The county’s actions on air quality to this point have pointedly been in the county’s best interests. What exactly is Commissioner Berger alleging besides the fact that other commissioners have spent much more time and energy on this important topic than he has?

  • Binki says:

    I would choose the latter!

  • Guest28480 says:

    He’s either onto something OR on something. Guess time will tell.

  • Guest says:

    Contrary to the perception of a lot of nutjobs, 99.9% of public employees do not give a flip about politics or conspiracies. 99.9% of them just want to do their jobs and go home to their families. For Mr. Berger to attack line staff is a low blow. In most governmental organizations, there is a chain of command. These employees should not be subjected to be gophers for individual commissioners. If Mr. Berger has a concern, he needs to ask the county manager. It’s then the manager’s job to get the information for him. Not some mid-level planner. I don’t agree with Thompson on much, but he is right to question Berger’s knowledge of the council/manager form of government. Leave Ms. Ralston and Mr. O’Keefe out of this. If he has issues, he needs to address them to his fellow commissioners or the county manager.

  • t says:

    Whats new, this has gone since I came here in 1970. Commissioner Berger should do more than flip out. He should introduce legislation to fire any County Employee whom refuses or circumvents request from any citizen and especially a County Commissioner. Further, Mr. Berger should expect just the facts, no inuendo, no suggestions, no nothing but the facts he request and any middlemen is unacceptable. If the County Manager does not have control of his employees and those employees honor request from the public or anyone else then he needs to go. I am sick and tired of politics and we need more Politicians like Mr. Berger who will not lay back while the county does what it wants. Mr. Berger make them pay, threaten their jobs, ensure your desire to make County Governement more transparent is adhered to, or else.

  • Guest says:

    Thanks Ben McCoy for you many aliases. I am sure ABLE is looking forward to electing you to Wilmington City Council. NOT!

  • Guest says:

    and the rest of the employees report to the manager. There is a protocol that commissioner’s are supposed to follow and Berger violated it. Sounds like Jason Thompson is going to get this little Napoleon some further training and it seems like he needs it. It reads like the employees did exactly what they should and that’s give the information to the manager so the information could be given to the commissioner.

  • UNCW Graduate Student says:

    Scott Pickney: I believe the tax payers would like to know how to remove a Comissioner from the Comission? I’m sure that would be a good follow up story for the front page of the paper.

    Can taxpayers have a Recall Election?

    Is this True below?
    Write: Carolyn.Justice@ncleg.net. Legislative Mailing Address: NC House of Representatives 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 420. Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 and tell her we want the same recall legislation introduced for New Hanover County as you did for Topsail Island

    How about some more answers. . . .for the people so they can take it back into their own hands.

  • David says:

    Do you routinely peruse emails on the Government Center mail server, or were you directed to this particular email? If so, who directed you to it? A Staffer?

    If that is his email word-for-word, typos and all, it reads like an an email sent in a fit of anger without any proof-reading or post-typed editing. It’s like he exploded and hit send.

    Rather than headlining “Berger Flips Out” – would not your time have been better spent investigating the allegations he made IN the email? After all, without that subsequent information, this email really has no context, other than he was pissed when he sent it.

    Were there really secret meetings as he claims? Why aren’t there links to copies of the redacted documents he says he received? I’m sure he would have provided copies to you to draw attention to this matter. Why not make the request for information directly to Shawn, as Mr. Berger did?

    Not a very thorough approach to journalism. I have no love for Mr. Berger, but I think it’s clear that whomever the copywriter and editor for this article were, they need refreshers in journalistic integrity.

    Let’s try to set a better example in future articles. This is supposed to be news, not op-ed or entertainment.

  • Guest says:

    I suppose now us taxpayers will have to pay for an employee to work fulltime getting him information the second he demands it. he sounds like a paranoid cry baby to me. you know these people are doing their work, too. be reasonable about when you request and how long it may take to compile and you might get somewhere. Alienating every single person you work with is no way to get a job done.

  • Guest7969 says:

    there is a chain of command….but if your bosses boss asks for information…YOU GET IT TO HIM!…just the way it goes. Sounds like that is all the guy wants…and it looks like people are stonewalling and hiding information…..makes you wonder WHY?

  • Guest-of-the-day says:

    BEFORE the day of the meeting – that he has to find out about by demanding answers! Any manager (which is what he IS by definition) would get angry at being INTENTIONALLY KEPT OUT OF THE LOOP, and now they re trying to ostracize him for doing so.

    This county obviously has many self interest rats eating away at the rafters of local government so that the voters are left with a leaky governmental roof; more concerned about taking care of its own than about the people it serves – as many of us have suspected for a long time – If anyone needed proof of this, consider it QED THANKS to BRIAN BERGER.

    He is only ONE MAN against what looks like an entrenched family of corruption, but hopefully any light shed on this matter will be seen for the truth that it represents, not the corporate propaganda that this corporate lapdog is trying to present.

  • Real Republican says:

    Dicky Catlin looks, talks, and acts like a slimy used car dealer…talking out both sides of his mouth. He sounds smooth delivering polished lies…he got called out by someone smarter and unlikely, berger is down to earth and real, unlike slick rick. Berger is the genuine article, and Dick Catlin is a fake…he pretends to oppose titan while secretly working for the biggest polluters. He lies and Berger called him on one of his lies…probably not the last time. People who work for the County like Berger…most of us. He’s what we need, a fighter, and he says what he means. Catlin is the opposite, just another slick typical politician who tells us what we want to hear…even though its all lies. We need more people in office like Berger, and less Dick Catlins. WWAY hates Berger, but even the stations poll showed that all the lies and BS from this station can’t fool everyone…Give it a break Pickey…people are sick of your lies about Brian Berger. He’s legit…take notes. you might learn something…about being a decent human being…for starters. Go Berger!

  • Peter C. says:

    Thanks again Ben McCoy for your many alias comments to boost ABLE’s fringe cause. If you get a real job — I forget you have a “job” as you’re a self-employed graphic artist working out of your home — and stopping blogging all day, the world would be a better place.

  • Guest says:

    Who sent Brian Berger’s internal Memo
    “Request for Information on Non-Attainment Issues”
    to WWAY NEWS?

    Was it:
    Bruce Shell (New Hanover County Manager;
    Chris Coudriet (Assistant County Manager);
    Chris O’Keefe (County Planning Manager;
    Shawn Ralston (Senior Environmental Planner);
    or:
    wilmingtonliberty@hotmail.com
    ?

    A Concerned Citizen

  • Scott Pickey says:

    Guest – we got Berger’s email off the New Hanover County email server at the Government Center. Anyone and everyone has access to it.

    Scott Pickey
    News Director

  • Guest7969 says:

    wilmingtonliberty@hotmail.com…IS Brian Berger….looks like he CC’d himself

  • A registered Republican voter says:

    First, there was the issue with the domestic violence. Now this. Obviously, Berger is a lunatic. Let’s remember who put him in office — the Tea Party nut jobs like Ben McCoy, ABLE, and the old fart, Curtis Wright. Rick Catlin is the best county commissioner we’ve had in years, and it’s a shame Berger has alienated himself from the other Republicans. Berger should be held legally responsible for his lies about corruption in the NHC government — it’s called libel. He has tarnished the name of honest public servants. He must resign. He is a disgrace to the New Hanover County GOP.

  • Guest says:

    one of the rats who lives in the court house basement.

  • offthecuff says:

    Did I hear you say “honest” in the same sentence referring to politicians?????? Surely you jest!!!!!!

    Not in this county, in any other county, in the state, and most certainly not in Washington DC. The biggest liars of all are in politics mostly. Say anything to get a vote, do what they want once elected. Can’t say as I blame Berger here….he is tired of the run around and not getting the proper information. All county governments do these “little secret meetings” and don’t for a second doubt it. They do a lot of it on those taxpayer paid for cell phones too!! We are all paying for them to do what they can to line their own pockets and such and help just the special interests of the few.

    So glad 2012 is not that far away now!!!!

  • Guest says:

    I thought of an idea to alleviate the county’s budget problems: They could sell raffle tickets and the winner gets to slap all 30,000 voters who put this thing into office. If there was ever an example of why a basic civics & literacy exam should be required to get a voter registration card, Berger is it.

  • EReeves says:

    WAY TO GO BRIAN!! I suspect any derogatory remarks have been posted by Barfield’s cronies,lazy moochers who live for a handout, or the criminals who funnel taxpayer money into their own pockets. The corruption in this county is absolutely appalling and those guilty should go to jail for it. It is not surprising that they would withhold incriminating information from the ONE and ONLY elected official who is trying to put a stop to those who steal from us and screw us. Voter’s remorse??? Are you smoking crack?? This is EXACTLY what he was elected to do which is to stop the secret deals, stealing, and corruption. For those who thought disclosing this email would hurt him, you are dead wrong. It only affirms he is doing his job for the taxpayers and voters; and anyone who opposes or obstructs him WILL BE VOTED OUT.

  • Guest says:

    How’s your boy workin’ out for ya?!

  • Guest says:

    Brian may not be smooth but he sure is an improvement over Barfield, Thompson and Catlin. Thanks to them we have CFPUA, R3 and a bunch of other messes we need our leaders to clean up. Better someone asking questions on what we are doing and why, than Barfield seizing the schools, Thompson threatening to punch out mayors and Catlin and his hypocrisy. Catlin’s arrogance is no substitute for results.
    Berger has every right to be mad as heck–so should we all.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    About as well as the buttercup in the white house is working out for you!!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    I’ll take crazy over a tax and spend liberal ANY day of the week.

    Plus, he must not be TOO crazy: He voted against that mooching “arts council.”

  • OMG says:

    Thanks god they didn’t try to change the channel on him…

    Brian, we all know you and your red shirted commie cronies post here, so this is it – When will you admit you have a problem with social skills, personal interactions, anger,and a severe case of paranoia and god knows what other type of disorder you have. Please quit, you and the other freaks that handle you are making a mockery of the political system.

  • Guest-of-the-day says:

    a fellow commisioner.

  • BMYGuest says:

    Here’s an idea, how about a recall election?

    Write: Carolyn.Justice@ncleg.net. Legislative Mailing Address: NC House of Representatives 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 420. Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 and tell her we want the same recall legislation introduced for New Hanover County as you did for Topsail Island and let’s throw him out!!!

    Fair is Fair Carolyn he’s your boy :)

  • Guest says:

    Tell us what corruption you’re talking about, don’t just sit there and generalize, be specific, if you can that is!!!!

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