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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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  • Vog46

    So much promise
    So much controversy

    The county policy of not allowing travel if you owe $500 seems fair to me (unless the travel is right after a previous trip).
    An alternative would be to ask for a travel advance if available.

    It seems that this is all about attention grabbing by Berger or the other County Commissioners (Whatever happened to substance?)
    I don’t get politicians sometimes……..


  • RSimmons

    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.

  • ConcernedVoter

    A vote for Derrick Hickey is a vote for Brian Berger

  • Gstvoter

    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.

  • Guest 10101

    “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?

  • SouthEastNC

    more people need to be aware of this

  • Guest30

    Right on, its close in figures this is unbelievable– charlotte nc is 111 million; cfpua wilmington nc is 69.9 million http://www.cfpua.org/DocumentCenter/View/3276

  • Guestwiut

    Another smear from some county folks lined up with Caster and McColl?
    Selective leaks against Berger- a violation of law by calling the Star NEWS anhd breaching his rights of confidentialy are blatent examples of misconduct by a few bad apples in county government. Berger aint no saint but lets apply this policy retroactively against barfield davis and others. It would be nice if Wanda copley remembered she is suppose to me more than a friend of Louise.

  • It’s backwards

    ” Though he planned to go, Berger says county manager Chris Coudriet told him he was not allowed to”

    When does a county manager tell a Commissioner what to do? Aren’t they his boss?

  • Guestwit

    Better Brian- than the crap in county government that has given us Titan, the convention center, and a ball patk we dont want or need. I agree with earlier post that some county employess have crossed the line! Smearts and selective leaks are obvious. We intend to file complaints with 3rd parties against those responsible. Copley should read the canons on ethics- she might learn something? Chris either do a fair job or we will ask others to look into corruption here in NHC!

  • Guestwhy

    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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