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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It seems that New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger’s tardiness is not just affecting his schedule. Berger was late again today, which caused him to miss a crucial vote that will greatly affect his future on community boards.

At Thursday morning’s New Hanover County Commission meeting, Berger was late and missed his chance to discuss and vote on the consent agenda. It including approving a list of new committee assignments made at thursday’s Agenda Briefing.

After a 4-0 vote, the commission moved on until the open comment section when Berger brought the issue back up.


“If you rip off the tax payers, undermine the rights of all citizens, the constitution, which justly limits the rights of the government and politicians, if you abuse your position, regardless of what position that is, to corrupt government in any way or deceive the people, you will not meet anyone more committed and fearless than I am,” Berger told fellow commissioners. “I will do everything in my power and abilities to come down on you like a hammer on a nail.”

Commissioner Jonathan Barfield shot back. He told Berger his constant tardiness is a major issue that paralyzes his voice and vote.

“It’s incumbent on all of us, Mr. Berger, to show up to our meetings on time,” Barfield said. “And the citizens who watch our meetings, you can go back and look at all of them in our archive, you can see any county commissioner meeting for the past six or eight times or better, commissioner berger walks in late, so I don’t think he’s serving the citizens when he’s not here to vote the items on our agenda because he’s late.”

Chairman Ted Davis also called Berger out saying he needed to be truthful to the public.

“Part of being a good commissioner and someone in the community that they can look at with respect and credence is someone that straightforward and honest,” Davis said.

Davis says Berger scheduled a meeting with him before the Agenda Briefing Thursday. He says Berger never showed and was late to the regularly scheduled meeting.

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39 Comments on "Davis, Barfield fire back after Berger says ‘I will come down on you like a hammer on a nail’"

2015 years 10 months ago

When do y’all get to vote him out?

2015 years 10 months ago

Well, I’ve been playing the devil’s advocate with this guy for a while, what with the media’s propensity to embellish and all. If he had at least begun showing up on time, I’d still be on his side. Now I’m thinking that he can’t be responsible enough to represent the people of NHC. Being on time is paramount. That’s not something that’s taught and enforced anymore. It’s not like he’s got a job that is keeping him from being on time!

Straight Shooter
2015 years 10 months ago

So we can all start in the right direction by paying NO ATTENTION to Ben McCoy and Curtis Wright!

2015 years 10 months ago

What rock have you been living under Justin? Appearances and personal lives have been a part of the American polictical system since our founding fathers. Can you say honestly that you’ve never criticized a politician because of an action on personal behavior from either party. I remember one you said about John Edwards clearly.

2015 years 10 months ago

Berger is over 21 and responsible for his own actions. He’s a grown up man and should start acting like it. Stop blaming others for Berger’s own conduct. The ball is in HIS court.


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