Given a second chance, Berger misses first meeting back

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Submitted: Wed, 11/14/2012 - 10:06pm
Updated: Thu, 11/15/2012 - 4:53pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Nearly a year after being removed from all of the committees he served on due to his tardiness New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is back. But his first committee meeting as a member of the CFPUA Board didn’t exactly go as planned.

“Since he will be staying for two more years, now is a time for him to say that he can put his money where his mouth is and step up and serve on these committees,” Commissioner Jason Thompson said.

Taking over Thompson’s committee assignments was supposed to be a second chance for Berger, but just hours after getting that chance, Berger was once again a no-show.

“I don’t serve with him regularly,” CFPUA Board member and Wilmington City Councilman Neil Anderson said. “The only time I see him is I’m on the Legion Stadium Commission, and we’ve had two meetings since I’ve been on council, and he hasn’t attended either one of those.”

With just three weeks left in his political term, Thompson quit the boards and committees he served on with a promise from Berger that he would step up and fill the void.

“I wasn’t going to ask the other two commissioners to pick up my five or six committees plus subcommittees, and so I put them on Commissioner Berger and gave him the opportunity he has been asking for for over a year to be on committees again. So we gave him an opportunity to see how well he serves,” Thompson said.

Berger would not agree to an interview, but explained his absence in a text message.

“I just found out about the committee assignments at about 8 last night. I have no agendas, no schedules, and nobody said anything to me about there being a meeting in 12 hours,” Berger wrote. “Frankly, for a CFPUA meeting, after being booted off for a year, much more time is required to prepare than 12 hours. Go make a story up…”

Members of the CFPUA Board say they will give Berger a pass for this meeting, but they say he needs to attend meetings in the future.


  • Guestwit says:

    Thompson did the right thing. Better Jason and Brian than the phonies and self dealers Davis and Catlin. Berger’s made mistakes but he isnt a self dealer like some clowns we have elected and he has for the most part kept his word. Whatever his faults most of us see this piling on for what it is–an attempt to go back and let caster and his friends take care of themselves. Any wonder we have so many issues like TItan and Wastec to have to resolve now?

  • InvolvedVoter says:

    I wish NHC would stop paying for your cell phone. Perhaps maybe than you could talk to people face to face rather than hiding behind text messages. In fact if I read the general statutes I cannot find where the citizens are required to pay for your phone, computer, office space etc.
    So 12 hours were not enough for you to prepare to attend a meeting? Perhaps if you attended you could get “prepared” more quickly…..but then maybe you were to busy working your day job. Oh…silly me, I forgot a 9 to 5 job is beneath you.

  • DITTOS says:

    Are you kidding…How in the heck does this guy move around the community without being lambasted by the citizens? How is he allowed to function? What idiots supports this guy?

  • Guest007 says:

    Yes, he might be the biggest mistake I have ever made when I voted to put him in office. BUT, I WOUD STILL TAKE HIM OVER BILLY CASTER AND “CROOKED” JASON THOMPSON ANY DAY!!!!!

  • GuestX says:

    Here something you might want to know,one of the 5 people accused of killing the 60 yr old delivery driver Zhen BO Liu, was released on bail and has since been arrested for two more armed robbieries in downtown wilmington,this concerns me more than Berger or the beaches traffic problems but I dont see any mention of it here just thought you would like to know.

  • maria squitieri says:

    i like brian berger..compared to the crooks u got running wilmington and the council behind him, berger is a breath of fresh air..

  • Guest500 says:

    Why didn’t Thompson wait until the end of his term like a reasonable, mature adult (oh, wait, I may have just answered my own question here…) and resign his boards THEN?! Then the new commissioners who are coming in could have taken over his seats on the boards and served the community in a proper and dignified fashion. Of course, with the way the County Commissioners have acted over the last four years, we may not remember what dignified public servants look like anymore.

    Something about this sounds VERY fishy. Does Thompson want to stay on Berger’s good side for some reason? Is Thompson hoping to get appointed to Catlin’s seat that will be empty in a few weeks (he will need Berger’s vote of support to get it)? It’s either that or Thompson is trying to give Berger enough rope to hang himself at the expense of the citizens and the other members of the boards on which Berger is now an ineffectual member. Either way Thompson is giving a BIG middle finger to the taxpayers of New Hanover County who didn’t vote him back in office.

    Thompson, I would say you should be ashamed of yourself, but I fear that particular sentiment would be lost on someone who seems incapable of feeling shame or remorse for your actions.

  • straigh shooter2 says:

    Shame on wway 3- for a pathetic attempt to twist a story. I missed Pravda and the Nazis– but we have you guys now. Why dont you give him a chance–he has been a better rep than the arrogance and self dealing of the likes of Catlin and Caster. Many of us would take him any day of the week to the likes of those guys and Saffo and Anderson.
    You and your ilk simply reveal your blatent bias – most, admittedly even though not all, see through this crap. He missed a meeting he didnt know about– you miss your souls.

  • Guest 10101 says:

    I find it disturbing that you would prefer a certified nut bag like Berger to ANYONE else. How can a person who doesn’t even attempt to do the right thing be categorized as a “breath of fresh air”?

    Is this is what our civilization has degenerated into? If so, we are all doomed

  • burgerboy says:

    Brian Burger is about the only honest man left on the committee, the rest of them are a bunch of crooks who should have been out of there years ago, with that foul-mouthed thug Jason Thompson being the #1 crook who needs to get ran out of the county.

  • jj says:

    You were elected by the people to serve the county. So, get out there and try to do your best.

  • Hello? says:

    Thompson gave Berger these Boards because he is paying for Berger’s vote. Barfield has already said he will support Thompson to fill catlin’s spot….SOOOOO, thompson is merely sucking up to berger for a vote. C’mon, wake-up!

  • Guest7969 says:

    be honest…I WILL VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT next time to get rid of this guy if I have to!

  • Guest525 says:

    Thompson set everyone up on this one. Berger, because he knew he would do exactly what he is doing and the people in the county for giving him grief for the last couple of years. Kudos to you Jason, I didn’t always agree with your stances and I don’t this time, but I sure do understand it.

  • Guest 10101 says:

    “With just three weeks left in his political term, Thompson quit the boards and committees he served on with a promise from Berger that he would step up and fill the void.”

    Apparently Berger misinterpreted that as “void the fill”.

  • Wilmington1967 says:

    A second Chance, Really, Why?

  • Guest4572 says:

    I probably voted for this guy, just trying to keep the rotation of crooks that always inhabit county commissioners out of balance, but really, can’t we just send him home before he sells his vote on something to bail him out of the mess his life obviously has become. Leave him on the payroll because it would cost more to get rid of before the next election, but please don’t invite him to any more meetings. He might just show up!

  • Guestk says:

    Hahahaha!!!! I can’t stop myself. What a joke!!!!! If you can’t depend on Berger…WHO can you depend on???? Absolutely no one!!! Lol Thompson…you set that one up!!! Berger…just so you know…in the working world I go to work 5 days a week 9 hours a day and whether I am prepared or not I still have to be there and on time or bye bye to me! I want to do what you do because OBVIOUSLY you don’t have to do either and you keep your job!!! I hope you have a back up plan after you are done with your ELECTED term (yes…we put you there)…because you will never get a government job again….at least that’s my bet!!! Your resume is dung….time to turn it around and be a big boy and put your big boy pants on and man up! Do everything you can to improve your work ethics and reputation to the PEOPLE who elected you to the office you hold!

  • Ken says:

    Not to worry New Hanover County Commissioners. Commissioner Brian Berger is simply warming up and getting some practice for what’s to come.


  • Donna Reardon says:

    Brian is not responsible enough to be a commissioner or anything else,he’s a loser!

  • Guests says:

    What are you doing man?I would give a testicle for a chance to go back and fix my mistakes and make my name good again,some people dont deserve a second chance and the ones who do never get it,sad.

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