THE RANT: Berger odd man out at Monday’s commission meeting

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Submitted: Tue, 12/06/2011 - 7:18pm
Updated: Wed, 12/07/2011 - 1:22pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — While New Hanover County Commissioner Ted Davis being elected chairman of the board was the headline at Monday night’s meeting, there were some other interesting issues one could see if they looked closely enough.

First and not surprisingly, Commissioner Brian Berger was late… again. How is it that he can be early to a New Hanover County Community Action Inc. meeting to stake out his ex-girlfriend and break a protective order, but he can’t show up on time for the job he was elected to do?

Then, after the board elected Davis as chairman and a five minute recess, Davis made his first executive order as chairman; he demanded Berger and Commissioner Rick Catlin change seats. We assume Davis doesn’t want to sit next to Berger and wanted him as far away as possible.

Watch the switcharoo here at “Presentations” at 4:41 into the clip

At the end of the meeting, Berger took the opportunity to explain why he went to the Community Action meeting, which ended up getting him arrested a second time for breaking a protective order. Berger’s ex-girlfriend Heather Blaylock is a Head Start teacher and works in that building. Even though Berger and Blaylock lived together for months, Berger claims he didn’t know she actually worked in that building.

Berger suggested that the investigation into fraud at Community Action should bother his fellow commissioners enough that they should attend the next meeting. However, Commissioner Jason Thompson threw it back at him, asking if he knew that the Clerk of the Board actually attends the meetings as their representative, and always sends out copious notes after each meeting. Berger sat silent and dumbfounded.

Watch the exchange here at “Item 9″ at 2:17 into the clip


  • guesty says:

    My definition of luck is Ted Davis, Jason “Poopy pants” Thompson, Brian “Crazy” Berger & Jonathan “Big boy” Barfield not being elected to be anything in New Hanover County.

  • Guest0C says:

    Ted Davis is a vindictive, mean spirited, “nut”. Like a spoiled brat, Ted Davis made a new seating chart instead of doing the public’s business. In Davis’ initial act as chairman, he abused public trust & his power! Instead of showing positive leadership, Ted Davis took a cheap shot at his fellow fruitcake. It was a waste of time, money, and an abuse of Davis’ authority. Davis is NOT a leader. Although Berger is crazy, Ted Davis is a sleazy, power hungry politician looking out for himself. At least Brian cannot do any damage.

  • Guest1234 says:

    Will there ever come a time where we are not hearing about Berger?
    This is a waste of time and use of words. He will never be what
    people want him to be or need him to be. What I don’t understand is if
    The People think he is unstable why is he still on the board and hasn’t
    been voted off? When is his time up?

  • Guest0 says:

    Ted Davis is worse than Brian Berger. Davis is mean spirited. Instead of handling the County’s business, little Teddy Davis’ first act as chairman was to childishly make a new seating chart. Can Brian go out and play with you at recess, Teddy? Instead of showing leadership, Ted Davis took a cheap shot at another kook. It was a silly waste of time and taxpayers’ money that did nothing except harm the County and the new board. That is NO leadership. Berger is a fruitcake and Ted Davis is a nutty, sleazy, power hungry fruitcake looking out for himself.

  • TrueAmerican says:

    What is next…are they going to move him to his own desk in the corner, or up close to the front so that they can keep an eye on him like they do in school??

    This is ridiculous and shows what a waste of time and taxpayer money some of these meetings have become. You are grown men, and you don’t like one of your colleagues so you move him to the end of the row…WOW, you have accomplished a lot!!!

    I am sure you were the same one in school that ran in cliques, avoided people you thought were different or less than you, talked bad about others, and picked on the girls because they had “cooties”…

    GROW UP!!!! Handle County business, don’t waste our time and money on such ridiculous non-sense. If Berger is a moron and does not know what he is voting on, fine…Majority will always win so just let him commit political suicide and he will never be elected again.

    Either way…do everyone in New Hanover County a favor…and handle COUNTY business…Not “Ted Davis does not wanna sit beside Brian Berger” business!!!!

  • Straight Shooter says:

    Mr. Davis has served us well thru the years and we are lucky to still have him on the board. Brian Berger on the other hand is a total whacked-out distraction, a nut-job who should have never been elected! We all know that now! I don’t blame Ted for moving this distraction, (Berger) away from him as much as posible. In fact if it were me, I would have tried to move him much further away, maybe outside!

  • Guestnem says:

    First off- Berger had a right to be at a public meeting in the evening- the same as the rest of us. Davis is very petty and lowers himself by his demeaning conduct–he is no better than the guy you criticize. By the way, if the point is more of these elected reps should show up at meetings of Head Start, a group under both state and federal inveswtigation –getting just reports as stated by Jason T just doesnt do it. In this case, I think we should agree with berger. PIck you have a vendetta and your lack of objectivity comes through–Berger has his faults but so do these other stiffs.

  • guest111 says:

    Berger violated a restraining order. He knew better than to be there. Men like him do what they want to, regardless of law or orders. That’s the mentality of a domestic abuser. It’s my way, all the time and screw you if you think you can stop me. This is no where near over. He will really mess up one day.

  • Straight Shooter says:

    Berger is in over his head and his stupid antics will continue to be in the news, like it or not, until he is removed!

  • guest111 says:

    It was news months ago. Now it’s just junk news. I have heard enough of him. I can’t believe you enjoy reading the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. . etc.

  • Guest20 says:

    How long must the citizens of New Hanover County have to suffer under this delusional fruitcake? He doesn’t have a clue what’s going on.

  • Guest Reply says:

    If you can’t get rid of the other Goof Balls in city management…how do you expect to get rid of this guy…Impeachment??? If that’s the case…let’s clean the slate of the other “Dead Beats” picking our pockets too!

  • deputy 25 says:

    because he is a nut!!!

  • guesty says:

    Berger sat silent and dumbfounded.

    So nothing new then.

  • Guest0 says:

    Although I think that Berger is a fruitcake, Ted Davis is just as nutty and sleazy. This was a childish publicity stunt and shows just how stupid, shallow, silly, and effiminate Davis is. Teddy Davis needs someone to hold his hand. Ted Davis is NOT competent to preside over anything except a “Berger-Davis” raft-up. The public needs to fire Berger and Davis!

  • SouthEastNC says:

    What makes you so sure that it was Davis’ idea – how do you know that Catlin didn’t ask to be able to sit near the middle?

  • Guest435 says:

    They should have made Berger chairman, then maybe he would get to the meetings on time. Unfortunately I voted for him, so I took it on my own to chop off all my fingers so I can never vote again.

  • Needaleader says:

    Really! Telling us Berger is an idiot is like telling us the sun will rise tomorrow. We already know this fact!

  • Straight Shooter says:

    Because Berger’s stupid antics, being a county commissioner (sad as it is) are news! Because Berger’s constant interruption of county business is news!

  • Guest111 says:

    . . . my question is why does the media keep giving Berger so much attention for something he has always done and always will do? So he’s late for the meetings. . that’s standard procedure for him. IT AIN’T NEWS NO MORE!!! Give it a rest…. and us, too.

  • Guest99x says:

    Brian’s continued tardiness at meetings could be taken in a couple ways. He could be uncultured and poorly trained, his excuse could be one of ignorance. More dangerous is the possibility that he is acting in contempt of the people who elected him to office.

  • SouthEastNC says:

    If WWAY hadn’t pointed it out, I wouldn’t have even noticed the seat change. Never even heard Davis mention it. Sounds like it was handled quietly during the recess.

  • Guest2Guest says:

    You may be right. I have no idea if Catlin wants to sit close to Teddy Davis or not. However, Ted Davis’ 1st act as chairman was to childishly make a new seating chart. Instead of being a positive leader, Ted Davis took a cheap shot at his fellow kook. It was a silly waste of time and money that aimed to fracture the new board. That is NO leadership. Berger seems to be a mental fruitcake and Ted Davis is a nutty, sleazy, power hungry politician looking out for himself. Davis and Berger belong together. Ted Davis makes Jimmy Carter look good.

  • Guestor1 says:

    As chairman, Ted Davis’ first act was to “order” a seating chart for 5 grown men. That was a waste of time and an abuse of power! Ted Davis acted like a spoiled baby and misused his authority to demean Berger.

  • Guest20 says:

    True. One technical point though, this is COUNTY management, not city.

  • Where are other elected officials? says:

    I have said it before, but I expect some action out of our other elected officials on this. Brian Berger is incapable of doing the job for which he was elected. If there is no mechanism for his ouster, then our remaining elected officials..Ms. Hamilton, Ms. Justice, Mr. McComas, Mr. Goolsby…need to come up with one. Let’s see which of these has real leadership skills and steps to the forefront to actually solve a problem instead of just talking about it. I’m watching and waiting…

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