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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It seems the controversy surrounding New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger will never end. The board tried to have a productive town hall meeting Wednesday night, but it wasn’t long before issues involving Berger took over the conversation.

Berger has no doubt been the topic of discussion for months around the county and among fellow board members and the Wednesday night meeting was no different.

“I did not expect Brian to be the topic of the meeting,” said Marlene Besecker, who came to the town hall meeting.

In a question through Twitter, a viewer asked commissioners if the four who called for Berger’s resignation still hold their position.

“I would say categorically that we do,” said Jonathan Barfield, Commission Chairman. “Unless there is someone else that would agree with that comment.”

No other commissioner raised his voice. Another resident asked Berger if he thought voters still supported him. He said he has felt apart from the board since the beginning and said he’s not surprised that the board has issues with him.

“I really think that it’s unfortunate that my colleagues here would exploit a difficult situation in my personal life for political purposes,” said Berger.

For several minutes commissioners bickered back and forth with Berger.

“Because of the fact that you’ve been arrested, because of the fact that you allegedly tried to commit suicide, those things are out there and they are bringing a terrible upon New Hanover
County,” said Barfield.

Besecker says she worries the issues commissioners have with Berger are getting in the way of what they should be doing.

“It makes me feel they’re not doing what I voted for them to do, my thoughts, my concerns and my worries,” said Besecker.

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  • SurfCityTom


    That said, he still has a couple of years on his term of office.

    As Commission Chairman, it falls to Mr. Barfield to set aside petty differences; attempt to build a consensus course of action; and include Mr.Berger in that attempt.

    Like it or not, Mr.Berger was elected; and will remain in office until convicted of a felony or voluntarly resigns — and he’s already stated that won’t happen — or he’s defeated at the polls.

    Commissioner Barfield — like it or not he is an elected Commissioner. Deal with it and move forward with the County’s business.

    All of you Berger Bashers — identify a viable candidate now; begin supporting him; and work hard to elect him.

    Anything less is right out of Tabor City.

  • GoTerps

    I noticed that every negative comment posted here is then countered with a somewhat long-winded counter comment. Perhaps typed by Berger himself? The style is very similiar.

    Personally I’m glad they spoke up and against Berger. At least it stopped Berger from having the floor when he has nothing substantial to add to a discussion. Please, please, please remove Berger as Commissioner.

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