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New Hanover Commissioners ask for Berger's resignation, Berger responds

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Commissioners have asked for county commissioner Brian Berger to resign.

Speaking on behalf of his fellow commissioners who stood by him at a news conference, Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield said he asked Berger to resign Wednesday because his many issues have become a distraction.

Barfield said people around the state have asked him what the recall procedure is for New Hanover County, but the county does not have a process under law.

"I just want him to get well," Barfield said.

Vice Chairman Jason Thompson said he has talked to Berger about getting back on track, but there has been no follow through.

Commissioner Rick Catlin said the decision to ask Berger to resign comes after much consideration and a long series of events. Catlin said Berger's inability to address his issues leaves the board no choice.

Commissioner Ted Davis said he has not seen anything like this in his 15 years as a commissioner.

"He first has got to acknowledge he has a problem," Davis said. "He needs to man up and get the help he needs."

If Berger chooses to resign, the New Hanover County Republican Party would nominate a replacement, but so far Berger has shown no indication he will step down. Wednesday night Berger released this statement:

"This statement is in response to the four members of the County Board of Commissioners who met, called a press conference and requested my resignation as a Member of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. The past few weeks have presented a number of challenges and difficulties in my personal life. I am sure that many of you can understand unexpected circumstances that may arise in our day to day lives that cause one to react in ways that they may not under ordinary conditions.

"I extend my apologies to the citizens of New Hanover County for any way in which the challenges of my normally quiet personal life impacted them. November 2010, I was elected by the people of New Hanover County to serve as their representative on the Board of County Commissioners; I look forward to continuing my service to our community. To all of you who have prayed for me and offered words of support and encouragement during this time, please know that I am truly appreciative."

Berger's fellow commissioners said they came to the conclusion that he needs to resign after last night's commission meeting. They say they expected Berger to address the latest issues, including his criticism of the Wilmington Police Department. He did not.

Berger told WWAY Monday evening he was considering resigning after two more incidents last week in which police were called to his house for an attempted suicide and four nights later to his ex-girlfriend's home after the couple met to work out their differences.

Berger also said he may discuss his situation at Tuesday's commission meeting. However, Berger was quiet for much of the evening. At the end of the meeting during a period for commissioner's comments, Berger reminded everyone to take time to remember the people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, as the country gets ready to mark the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

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Commissioner Berger

Mr Berger does not carry his personal life in a manner that is consistent with elected public office and being responsible for tax payer funds. I think Mr. Berger needs help and I think that Mr Berger is to preoccupied with his personal life to serve us.. the taxpayers. Mr Berger has been in office a year and has screwed the pooch three times. I do not want him handling my money. GET OUT OF OFFICE NOW BRIAN BERGER!! You bring discredit to your coworkers, county citizens, as well as the visitors to NHC. You are not fit for any position of responsibility....I respectfully request that you do the noble thing and resign your position immediately.....

Bill Caster could have been there instead of Berger

I seem to remember a local big Tea Party push to get Berger elected and, as a result, Bill Caster could have been sitting in that chair instead.

He would have done a much better job IMHO so I hope the Tea Party die hards can learn something from this.

Be careful of what you wish for, ...


"When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil." ~Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949

Yeah...we could have had ol' Rubber Stamp Bill....

....the man who never met any housing development, strip mall, or apartment complex that he didn't love. Who cares about supporting infrastructure? Who cares about overloading local access roads?

Yes, we who voted for Berger were disappointed to learn that he's a whack-job who needs one of those snappy sports jackets with the sleeves that buckle together in the back. It's always a disappointment to learn that your candidate is nuts; it's a BIG disappointment.

As a man who supported Caster in most of his elections, however, I can also tell you how it feels to finally realize that your candidate only cares about packing as many real estate developments into the county as physically possible, and who was penned into history as one of the founding fathers of the oh-so-popular CFPUA. In that light, Caster shares a lot in common with Thompson and Barfield in simply failing to realize that government has no business demanding that you patronize a specific private entity. (Or creating a quasi-governmental, Frankenstein atrocity that no one can control, such as CFPUA)

The Berger File:

Mr. Berger did just what I expected him to do at last nights commission meeting. He sat there with his mouth shut and tried to act like nothing has happened. I am sure this was what He was told to do by his handlers. By hanging around it puts the ball in either the commission's or the county Republican Party's court, force their hand and to see what happens. If He is not willing to step down and without any recall remedy, this will end up being a match of wits and a dimwit. If He is not willing, this could get interesting. Right now, this is about money for Him also. If at this time He has no other income, He will stay put. Think about it. Does anyone think He is employable? Watch for a yellow stream coming out of the commission chambers, a peeing match is forthcoming.

The NHC Commissioners have done the right thing!

Now Brian Berger should do the right thing by stepping down!

Berger's Resignation Request

I voted for this guy but, now just wish he would GO AWAY!!!!!!


Funny that last night CC Thompson hinted it was not their role to decide whether Berger steps down...
Also mentioned was they expected him to make a comment, but here again I guess Brian was supposed to have read their minds.
BTW, I wonder how WWAY missed that Ted Davis was absent from the proceedings, surely if it was Brian, it would have been headline news!

They can ask

all they want. And in the absence of a provision for a recall, he can tell them to pound sand.

Exactly. This guy hasn't

Exactly. This guy hasn't exactly shown sound judgement over his months in office. What makes anyone think he is going to listen to reason this time? He can sit in that office and draw his commissioner's salary for the rest of his term, and no one can do a thing about it no matter how much of a laughingstock he becomes or how much danger he presents to himself or others. I think he'll do just that-- remember, he has no other means of income since he's been living off of unemployment.

I bet he is a no show or at

I bet he is a no show or at the least late...

HE NEEDS TO Resign and get help

I am way less than qualified to help this man, but it is obvious he needs serious mental help.

Not the kind that you usually get in that world. Not the kind that sits there and says, "Well Brian, what do you think you ought to do?"

He needs serious help.

Surely there is someone out there. Is there a local person kind of like "Dr. Laura?" Maybe not as mean- but, as firm.

I am not sure anyone listens to my prayers, but I will try it for him.
He needs all the help he can get.


Good move, let him move on. Then for the sake of our sanity, don't follow his every move. Do not make him another Janelle "Teen Mom" or RC Soles. I think he is incapable of performing his duties and needs help. So for human sake, leave him be after he does the right thing and steps down.

This is a good day for NHC, step in the right direction.