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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger was escorted out of a DSS Board meeting today. Berger, who fellow commissioners removed from several boards, including DSS, yesterday, says what is happening to him is against the law.

“I’m not one for making scenes, and I don’t like drama, but the law is the law, and America is a nation of laws not men,” Berger said after leaving the meeting.

Berger had yet another dramatic day, as he arrived early to the New Hanover County DSS Board meeting early and sat down at the board table. The problem is that yesterday the County Commission replaced Berger on the board.

Once Commission Vice Chair Jonathan Barfield was sworn in, Berger was escorted out.

“It’s not a very good indication when a member of the County Commission does something that is a flagrant violation of the law, as Mr. Barfield has,” Berger said.

Berger believes there is no concrete reason for his removal from the DSS Board. He even said he thinks he is still a member of it. DSS Board Chair John Craig says although Berger was removed, Craig did not ask for it.

“I can’t really criticize him, except that he was never on time. That bothered me,” Craig said. “But as a board member, I really don’t have a complaint about him.”

Craig and a sheriff’s deputy spoke to Berger before the meeting.

“I tried to get him to leave voluntarily, and I explained the options to him: that he could leave voluntarily or I was going to have the sheriff’s department assist him in leaving,” Craig said.

Barfield says what happened was not a surprise.

“When you think it’s getting better, it’s not,” Barfield said. “For the most part it’s not frustrating. I think that I’m built for this, and I think the board is built for this in terms of making tough decisions, and you just do what you have to do.”

Berger says he is considering all his options to keep his spot on the DSS Board and other boards, including taking the County Commission to court.

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2015 years 10 months ago

Thanks for the response to my post. The beauty of an open forum is to state your views and to get other view points. Your response was very well stated, and I appreciate that you shared and I learned a little about history from it which gave me a better understanding of what Brian was trying to say.

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2015 years 10 months ago

Have you noticed how all the republicans wanna get rid of Berger and all the Democrats wanna keep him? The repubs want him out so the voter can forget how bad this guy is before next years election, and the dems want him around to do just that…to remind people that elections have consequences and the ultra right tea party failed to vet this wacko. All in all, if he goes, the same old partisanship starts because the repubs will have an opportunity to replace him I think. Just like Brunswick County, Charles Warren should go and in each case…regardless of party, the next highest vote getter should be seated. Tired of the partisanship maneuvering.

2015 years 10 months ago

“”I’m not one for making scenes, and I don’t like drama, but the law is the law, and America is a nation of laws not men,” Berger said after leaving the meeting.”

Now, that statement made me laugh until I cried.

#1: He doesn’t like making scenes? Well, what the heck was that at the DSS meeting? He knew he was voted off the board, yet here he comes, EARLY at that, and sits down in a seat he no longer belongs to just to make a point?

#2: He’s the bigging drama king I have seen in a long time. Buy some popcorn and soda and enjoy the show folks.

#3: Ummmm, excuse me, but America is a nation of men AND women who wrote the laws. I don’t know about you, but I feel the laws were written for us all to guard our liberties, protect us from harm, and prosecute those who have broken them. In what way does removing someone who is distracting to the DSS board by their habitual tardy manner change that? You know, if I was habitually late to work, I would be let go. There are plenty of people out there that would gladly take my place and make sure they are on time.

2015 years 10 months ago

and Mr. Berger having no apparent visible means of support other than his Commissioner salary & unemployment benefits, one would have thought he would find some meaningful employment, even though it might have been seasonal and temporary.

Dress up Santa at one of the malls.

Christmas tree sales lot attendant.

Package wrapper at Belks.

Kennel attendant, caring for owners’ pets while they are away.

I could go on; but you get the idea.

Valentine’s Day is coming. Let’s hope he finds something to occupy his time and mind before he chases after former girl friends, again.

2015 years 10 months ago

Mr., what part of “NO” don’t you understand?


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