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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is once again back in the spotlight. After requesting county staff to send out a news release about a conference he was invited to, Berger did not go. But Berger says it’s not his fault.

Berger was awarded a full scholarship to attend a local elected leaders conference in Chapel Hill that ended Thursday. Though he planned to go, Berger says county manager Chris Coudriet told him he was not allowed to, because he currently owes the county $500 in travel expenses.

“If anything, there’s just as great a chance that the county owes me money as there is that I owe the county money,” Berger said. “In either instance, we’re probably only talking about maybe a $50 swing one way or the other.”

According to county spokesman Charles Smith, Berger does owe $500 in travel expenses. In June, the County Commission unanimously approved a travel policy where all members must pay off their balance before any more travel.

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2015 years 11 months ago

He would blend right in with the rest of the fruitcakes in Chapel Hill.

NHC should dock his pay for the money owed. Judging by the stories here on WWAY over the past two years,Berger has established a track record of not living up to his obligations.

2015 years 11 months ago

A vote for Derrick Hickey is a vote for Brian Berger

2015 years 11 months ago

not to mention running our legislature ragged this year with lawsuits to force monkey junction to pay for the massive wpd, cfpua which is big enough to serve a city the size of Charlotte. y’all just be patient because Brian is here to stay.

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2015 years 11 months ago

“Brian is here to stay”? You did mean just until the end of his term right?

Unfortunately for Mr. Berger, he’ll be lucky if he even finds employment in the private sector much less being here to stay.

Are you an actually an Earthling or are you just temporarily visiting our fair planet from somewhere else far out in the galaxy?

2015 years 11 months ago

The County Manager’s job is to carry out the wishes of the Commissioners as a whole, and the Commissioners voted to suspend travel if there are any outstanding expenses. Commissioner Berger has $500 worth of outstanding expenses. He actually voted for that. He made his own bed, now he must lay in it.

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