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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is back in spotlight.

Berger and Commission Chair Ted Davis, both Republicans, had a heated exchange at this morning’s county commission meeting.

Commissioners adopted a travel policy today, in part, responding to Berger’s attendance issues. The move sparked a back and forth between Berger and Davis.

“I can pull out receipts and show you what I haven’t been reimbursed for and the numbers don’t lie,” Berger said.

“Well, Brian, you’re welcome to do that, and if you would have been at the staff meeting (Thursday), like you should have been, you could have been a part of this discussion. But as usual you weren’t,” Davis responded.

The argument between Davis and Berger seemed to exhaust months of pent-up frustration.

Commissioners adopted a new travel policy that requires commissioners to pay the county back for conference and hotel fees paid and then not used. Davis says Berger has done this a few times.

“All I can say is, Brian, since you’ve come on this board you’re the only person we’ve had this problem with, and we’re going to address it.”

Berger had a different take.

“That’s because other members play golf, and buy golf clubs, and stay at four-star hotels, and I don’t,” Berger said.

Davis quickly responded: “If you’ve got any accusations to make about your fellow commissioners, do me a big favor: identify who it is.”

Berger wasn’t done.

“Don’t make it about me exploiting taxpayers when the opposite is the case,” he said.

The argument continued when Davis questioned Berger about his attendance record. Berger fired back that he has better attendance than Davis, who missed meetings last year recovering from heart surgery.

Either way it was Berger who was late Monday.

“There’s no question that I have time management issues,” Berger said. “I am not going to argue otherwise.”

Berger would not answer whether he plans on paying the county back for the hotels and conferences he has skipped out on.

He says he missed the latest agenda meeting because he was on the phone with government officials about a bribery and extortion case. He would not say who it involved.

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guesty
2016 years 2 months ago

Brian, just shut your pie hole.

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Wilmington Observer
2016 years 2 months ago

Embarrassing…….

If you wasted my (tax) money, give it back.

If I owe you (tax) money for, legitimate, expenses, turn in the receipts in a timely manner and get reimbursed.

Grow up, quit crying. Be where you were elected to be when you were elected to be there. If you have to make a phone call, make it at a time that does not conflict with your responsibilities as an, elected, professional, represenative. You agreed to be the voice of the tax paying citizens. Quit being such an embarrassment to our local government, your constituents, and yourself. If… Read more »

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GuestMannie
2016 years 2 months ago

THROW THE BUM OFF THE BOARD! HE IS AN IDIOT!! HE IS A DISGRACE TO ANY BOARD!

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Peyton Garrett
2016 years 2 months ago

Here goes this stupid SOB again. If You have legitimate travel receipts for the past year and a half why have you not turned them in for reimbursement? Time management? What do you have to manage? You don’t work anywhere else. The rest of the board all are in management or are employed in other professional capacities. They meet their public obligations and do them on time. And your explanation for missing a previous meeting because You were in the parking lot, on the phone with some Federal agency regarding extortion or bribery… Read more »

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Guest2012
2016 years 2 months ago

Don’t waste tax-payers money, Berger! This behavior of yours is insane, unacceptable and unscroupulous.

You owe us about $17K for a free-ride on HANDING YOU A Commissioners Part-Time JOB. You owe us PAYBACK on at least 3K for the New Hanover County Benefits that you have been handed for your …..GHOST JOB!!!

You owe us money for everything that you MISSED because you have “time FREAKING management” problems, WHEN THERE ARE 23.5 MILLION people UNEMPLOYED.

Don’t sign up for anything ANYMORE, in fact, just don’t bother showing up for anything, at all, anymore, then we will be pleasantly surprised when the… Read more »

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