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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With one commissioner accusing another of holding secret meetings and stealing his notes and the other questioning his accuser’s mental status, the New Hanover County Commission clearly has some issues to work out.

We wanted to talk with Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield about what’s going on and what can be done to smooth things over, as well as his on-going battles with the New Hanover County Board of Education. But Barfield said he was too busy. He said he was unavailable because he had several meetings and had “to iron a shirt.” When we asked if we could e-mail him some questions to get some sort of response, he said, “I’d rather not e-mail. The e-mails go everywhere.” We even offered to meet him before this afternoon’s Agenda Briefing, but he said he could not talk until tomorrow.

This is just the latest example of Barfield avoiding our questions. Several times in the last couple of months he’s told us he just doesn’t have time to talk. We’ve given him ample opportunity. That’s our job.

Tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3 you’ll see the other side of issues involving him as the leader of county government that he refuses to respond to in a timely manner.

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Guest333
2016 years 2 months ago

To the bloggers who condemn the media for reporting what is going on in the Commissioners office,I ask you, “Would your rather not know? Is it better to keep your head in the sand or are your related to one of these goofballs?

Why would you NOT want to know how ridiculous your elected officials are? They are clowns, like in the circus, being EXPOSED!

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Lab Monkey
2016 years 2 months ago

Three cheers to TV3 for stepping up and taking a hard line with our elected officals! At least they are NOT concerned with putting an anchor’s name on every gimmick they can come up with (Cacky’s COats, Marcy’s Wheels) and all of the soft news the other guys do. As for our county comm’s.. on my! Joe is too busy threatening the school board.. Berger seems to be not quite right.. and NONE of them have the guts to stand up to City Hall. Between annexation, taxes, and our government I think it is time to… Read more »

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TyroneBiggums
2016 years 2 months ago

Scott, you never had a busy day before? I think their meeting was at like 4:00 or so this afternoon. Sounds like Barfield had some stuff to do between mid-morning and then. NHC isn’t his full-time job and he was already going to be working on it for 2-3 hours today. He offered to speak tomorrow, was honest enough to say he was trying to iron a shirt and get to an appointment. So Berger is weird and Catlin stole his notes… that’s not an emergency, it could wait till tomorrow.

Dang, you never been in a rush to get somewhere… Read more »

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Concerned Citizen
2016 years 2 months ago

May i submit a reality check for the people who think Mr. Barfield has no duty to answer questions to the media, GET REAL you have a responsibility to answer questions in regards to how your county is being run whether you are the media or the little old lady next door. If he is a elected official that YOU put in office to handle the county and it’s affairs. Guess what when you step into government like that you are going to be continually subjected to public scrutiny and accountability for your actions and the actions of your minions… Read more »

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Guest
2016 years 2 months ago

Doesn’t WWAY have anything better to report than to keep putting county commissioners in the news. I pull up the front page and the top 9 stories are nothing but the county commissioners having a bickerfest. I for one am sick and tired of reading about this every single day. Get over it.

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