Berger doesn’t pay back travel expenses at commission meeting

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Submitted: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 3:04am
Updated: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 5:14pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s pay back time. At least that’s what New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger said last week about the more than $400 in travel expenses he owes the county. However, it did not happen Monday night.

“I will, as I said, pay those funds to avoid having this linger any further,” Berger said during the New Hanover County Commission meeting Monday.

During the board’s agenda briefing last week, Berger said he would wait to hand over a check at the next commissioner meeting because there would be a bigger audience. But on Monday Berger claimed county staff misjudged how much he owes and appears to be trying to attack him.

County Manager Chris Coudriet says that is simply not true.

“That is absurd,” Coudriet said. “There is no truth in such a statement.”

“It really wasn’t appropriate to devote so much staff time and so many members of staff towards a relatively small debt,” Berger said.

Coudriet says there has been numerous conversations about the money owed, but says Commissioner Berger initiated all of them.

“This is not something that the staff invented to go out and choose to follow,” Coudriet said. “We provided information at Commissioner Berger’s request.”

Berger says he plans to pay back the money he owes some time this week. He said Monday night that he wanted to give the check in private.

Also at Monday night’s commissioner meeting, the board elected Commissioner Jonathan Barfield to be the new chairman and Commissioner Jason Thompson to be vice chair. Barfield replaces former chair Ted Davis, who resigned last month after being appointed to the state House of Representatives.


  • Wilmington Observer says:

    Mr. Berger,

    The “small debt” may seem insignificant to you but I am the one (tax payer) to whom you owe the money and I would appreciate you repaying it, immediately. If I owed New Hanover County more than $400.00 I would be receiving collection letters, having my wages garnished or property seized for auction. What makes you any better than me? Why are you above the rules that you, yourself established? I want my (tax) money and I want it, repaid, NOW!!

    Wilmington Observer

  • Fastpitch says:

    Berger and those that mentor him are the ones making our County a laughing stock in NC and around the country.The scary thing is that we have a condidiate running for office, I believe on the Rep. ticket, that agrees with Berger! Can we afford the calamaties of another Brian Berger on the CC or any elected Board ? Ask the question, “do you support Brian berger”?The seats being filled by appointment and the Nov. election are the most critical since 1986!
    Do your home work. Be informed when you vote, know what your candidiate will do to us.

  • 3293 says:

    Maybe one day enough GOOD, HONEST politicians will be elected to make a law that it be mandatory that all persons running for office and the ones elected be drug tested on a regular basis. Oh yeah, and summit to a mental evaluation as well. If they do not pass either…they are fired immediately!!

  • GuestCNB says:

    If this had been a REAL county employee, they would have been dismissed. How this person can continue to represent the County is beyond me!!! It is time for him to be votred out of office and run out of the County! Mr. Berger, I guess you have forgotten IT IS taxpayer dollars you are not returning and in tight budget times every dollar counts. PAY IT BACK

  • SouthEastNC says:

    I wish someone would put a sign at College & Oleander letting people know that a vote for Hickey is a vote for Berger.

  • Straight Shooter says:

    Two more years of this Nut-job? We must push our local delegation for a way to get rid of such a mistake, as in Berger, for now and any future mistakes!

  • Voter says:

    Hmmmm, …. 2 Republicans voting for a Democrat…
    I wonder what Thompson and Barfield promised Berger for his vote?

  • embarrased republican says:

    Exactly, garnish his wages. This is embarrasing and i really thing Mr. Berger needs a mental health evaluation. Maybe he could do community service in lieu of monies. I think a good spot for that would be at the aquarium cleaning tanks while the sharks are feeding.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    This phony does it again. Says one thing, does another and then blames the outcome on staff. What a loser. He does not pay it because he does not have the money, period. Why not just say that and stop putting it on staff? First he wants a bigger audience, now he says he will submit the funds in private. Which is it Mr. Berger? A dollar to a donut he doesn’t pay this week. Probably not next week either. Why not just dock his pay 100 dollars a month until this is settled? And he wants an expanded role in running the county? Not. Given Mr. Berger’s MO, the county would be a day late and a dollar short on everything.

  • Manoymano says:

    …had the stones to call Berger out, “That is absurd.” There is no truth in such a statement.”

    This demonstrates a County Manager who is secure in his job. I am pleased to see we don’t have a syncophant in that position…calling an elected commissioner a liar (in some many words)! Inandofitself, this statement also demonstrates how ineffective Berger is. Staff has no concerns about his actions or effectiveness as a commissioner. (Which likely demonstrates staff have been told offline from other commissioners to pay no attention to the loon.)

    The commissioners really need to think long term and for the good of the citizens of NHC to develop some type of recall process. Merely saying, “hey, he was elected and unless he kills somebody, there is nothing we can do” is unsatisfactory. We elected him (well, not me)…we should also have the right to recall him.

    You can write the language to exclude political decisions which is the slippery slope everyone is concerned about. Start with – “See the Brian Berger timeline….”

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    Ask Ben McCoy. No one will admit they voted for this guy. None of his backers call him out because they are all as delusional as he is. Check out the candidates, their backgrounds, their business dealings, what they do for a living. There should be full disclosure by all and I mean full, verifiable disclosure. Like I said, ask Ben McCoy. He knows Berger, He backed him. On this issue you will see the distancing from this dweeb.

  • windsnake6969 says:

    How in the world did this guy ever get elected into office! If he ever does produce a check, the county better check the funds in the account before cashing it.

  • Guestwit says:

    In fact Chris is probably lying through his teeth. Nothing to commend a county manager who was part of a 10 million dollar accounting mistake. Better a Commissioner with some personal faults who isnt lining his own pockets than mediocrity and self servers like Caster and his syncopants. Those who throw stones just want to go back. Bottom line , Berger had every right to Call Coudreit –and he did.
    Those outside NHC see the crap that goes on here

  • Guesttttttttt says:

    Thanks for posting, Brian. I see you wrote some of your classic rhetoric without including ANY factual information to back it up.

    If you have factual information on wrongdoings within the county board let’s have it..

  • Guest28403 says:

    could the Republicans have the majority and elect the lone Dumbocrat to the Chairmanship.. Jesus this is pathetic in this county. No wonder this county is soo screwy with Berger in office when he should be at The Oaks, and yet only Berger had enough sense not to put the Dumbocrat in the High Chair in charge of the County Board

  • Guestnimble says:

    Apparently friends of louise are at it again. They would like us to forget Titan, taxes and now the ballpark. While Copley abd Coudreit through their arrogance try to continue this hypocrisy- thank heavens for Berger’s guts. He has faults and he needs to address the but unlike some posters and ytheir friends he hasnt lined his pockets at our expense. as someone noted, NHC is about as corrupt a county as their is in NC–and that is saying something.I would gladly vote for Brian again-and again.

  • SouthEastNC says:

    You’re as crazy as he is

  • Guesttttttttt says:

    “hasnt lined his pockets at our expense”

    Are you alleging that others have? Who? By who? For what?

  • Guest 10101 says:

    And then you foolishly continue by stating “I would gladly vote for Brian again-and again.”

    Yea, I bet you would!

    Obviously you both have something in common. You’re both nutbags.

  • huh? says:

    HASN’T LINED HIS POCKETS AT OUR EXPENSE??? What do you call that $400 he hasn’t paid back?

  • Guest 2020 says:

    “Cept in your case ’cause none a that stuff your saying makes more sense than a dog gave a mushroom.

  • SouthEastNC says:

    what a shocker

  • Guest2020 says:

    Just what New Hanover County needs–dumb and dumber running the show. The two top dogs have no business being top dogs. Berger has no business being in public service. I hope that the next time he is up for election that the county will choose not to re-elect him. He really does need to devote time to getting his life straightened out.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    waiting for an entitlement check or hoping Food Stamps would be aceptable?

  • Guest CommonTater says:

    with a system that keeps such idiots from being tossed from it. This weasel should be run out of town. Frankly I don’t understand how he can show his face here honestly.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    … the guy would be this much of a ticking time bomb. No one.

    McCoy has every reason to distance himself from Berger. Everyone has a good reason to distance themselves from this ongoing unnatural disaster. Anyone with a brain is just going to wait him out until his term expires and then he’ll be gone. For good.

    Good idea to check out candidates more thouroughly prior to electing them. Too bad no one thought to check out a certain Wilmington mayor’s background and business dealings prior to electing him.

  • SouthEastNC says:

    If you had, you’d have known he was not fit for office.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    ‘Nuff said.

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