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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.

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21 Comments on "Given a second chance, Berger misses first meeting back"

2015 years 10 months ago

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?

2015 years 10 months ago

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.

2015 years 10 months ago

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?

2015 years 10 months ago

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!!!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

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.


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