Transition on the New Hanover County Commission

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It was transition time for the New Hanover County Commission tonight. Two newcomers were sworn in, and there was a change in leadership.

Jason Thompson, who lost his seat when he finished fourth in May's Republican primary, began his farewekk speech by reading a Dr. Seuss poem.

"Don't cry because it's over," he read, "smile because it happened."

It was a tearful goodbye for the outgoing commissioner at Monday night's New Hanover County Commission meeting, but it was a happy occasion for the newcomers.

In her speech, Republican Beth Dawson highlighted her pride in being just the seventh woman elected to the commission.

"I am quite excited to be among a long line of strong women to join the long line of public servants," Dawson said.

Republican Woody White focused on the commission moving forward, including collaborating better with city leaders.

"We're going to sit down with a clear and concise agenda on forging ahead," White said.

Following the ceremony, commissioners voted for new leadership, which went to the newcomers. Dawson nominated White for chair and White nominated Dawson for vice chair. Both motions passed unanimously.

Dawson says the two may be new, but they are ready to lead.

"Quite frankly, both Woody and I have been active in public service and on public-trust boards for many, many years," Dawson said.

The meeting was also the last for Commissioner Rick Catlin. He resigned after winning election to the North Carolina House of Representatives last month.

With Catlin gone, the board is once again looking for a new member.

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Couldn't disagree more with surf city tom-who has been hit by too many waves. In fact, Brian has done more for community than most of the others-and,in the process, hasnt lined his own pockets. Yes- he was on time and yes he was present--as he has been at many meetings.
I hope he has the stones to run for re-election. A lot of us- and the people in Brunswick have seen the corruption here in NHC. He kept his word and has helped transparency, helped keep taxes and spending in check. No question he made some mistakes- buit he didnt steal anyones notes, he didnt steal someones confidential personnel records and for the most part in spite of being a target of malicious comments and ruthless actions- he has done OK. Brian- go for it and run again.

"Jason Thompson, who lost his seat when he finished fourth in May's Republican primary, began his farewell speech by reading a Dr. Seuss poem."

I'm glad to see jason is finally reading at his mental age level.

which may set the tone for the coming year.

Was Brian Berger present?

Did Brian Berger arrive on time?

But did you really feel that compelled to ask that question? We all know the answer and are tired of hearing about it.

I had the stones to ask. And if this is not kept before the public, continuosuly, he could be re-elected in 2 years.

That's one very good reason to keep asking the questions.

DO YOU LIVE IN NEW HANOVER COUNTY? IF NOT, WHY SHOULD YOU CARE WHETHER BRIAN BERGER IS RE-ELECTED OR NOT? ITS LIKE BEATING A DEAD HORSE. WON'T DO MUCH GOOD ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, AS FAR AS I,M CONCERNED. PEOPLE WILL VOTE FOR WHOM EVER THEY WANT TO ANYWAY.

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