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By Ashley Withers

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — The price just went up for New Hanover County on former Commissioner Brian Berger's appeal.

The county has hired outside counsel to represent them during the appeal proceedings. A cost estimate for the services was not immediately available Monday morning.

Up until this point, the county's team of three staff attorneys has handled the case. Now the task will fall to Greenville-based lawyer John Martin with Ward and Smith, a law firm with five locations across the state.

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36 Comments on "New Hanover hires attorney to handle Berger’s appeal"

2015 years 10 months ago

When this all started we (the taxpayer) were told it wouldn’t cost us anything. That you would use the lawyers on staff. Now, We want answers why did you hired another firm?

This isn’t going to go away with some answers.. we are tired of being told one thing and then government officials doing what they want..

Tax payers want answers !!!!!

Monkey Junction
2015 years 10 months ago

It is time for Woody White to get out of politics. If he had any decency, he would resign today.

Common Sense
2015 years 10 months ago

Here’s another point. He’s just as much danger to everyone now as he was before. Removing him did nothing to help with that issue. They should have just let this ride out and let the people vote him out next year.

2015 years 10 months ago

And who are you to demand an answer from the County Rulers.

Rick Wilson
2015 years 10 months ago

If it was not such a serious issue, White’s witch hunt would be laughable. He admits in an interview on WWAY that he was unsure of all of the facts and is still unsure of all of the facts. He then chose to dust off an ancient process and bend it to fit his agenda. The only transparency here is that 3 sitting Commissioners led by Woody White chose to bypass the electoral process and remove one of their own. What is not transparent is why.

He then promised it would not cost anything because he would use attorneys already on the payroll. A politician that lied should not be a surprise to anyone………

The Amotion Hearing consisted of 3 Commissioners acting as judge, testifying witnesses, jury, and executioners. Why didn’t any of the terrified women employees that Commissioner Dawson spoke so passionately about testify? Why was Brian Berger not allowed to face his accusers? Why didn’t we hear what caused this terror? I guess when you are allowed to write the rules for “Kangaroo Court” as you go along, anything goes.

Here are some facts:

Brian Berger did not disrupt Commission meetings, most of the time he just sat there quietly and cast his vote.

The waste of county funds Brian Berger was accused of and berated for by Councilman Wolfe was proven false. Was it Woody White that gave Mr. Wolfe the false information? Do any of these officials research anything prior to putting their mouths or tax payer dollars into action?

Woody White blew the so called “situation” with the Governor out of proportion. I can assure you if the Governor felt threatened or even slightly appeared to be threatened, his security detail would have responded and detained/body slammed Mr. Berger. Since this did not occur, why did Woody White and the press choose to make such a fuss over nothing? Are they suggesting the Governor’s security detail is inept?

Woody White spent over $125,000.00 to get elected. This is a new record and approximately $50,000.00 more than had ever been spent previously to be elected a County Commissioner in NH County. It makes me wonder if he is still his own person or a puppet whose strings are controlled by others………. And, if Titan is one of his puppeteers, do we want foreign corporations buying/controlling our elected officials?

One of the conspirators (Mr. Wolfe) in this amotion process was not elected to this council, he was appointed. If Mr. Berger’s removal is upheld, another member will be appointed making 2 of the 5 members not elected by the people they represent. This is an easy way to stack a council and bypass the electoral process.

Some might consider the amotion process this Commission used to remove one of its members transparent. While the hearing might have been, the true motives behind the hearing were/are NOT. The “Triplets of Terror” appear to have night vision equipment while the rest of NH County is left in the dark………………….In most cases, I believe if you follow the money, the truth is not far behind…………….

Mr. White, Mr. Wolfe, and Ms. Dawson are the ones who need to be removed from the Commission. Their actions prove that they do not have a problem in bypassing the electoral process. A commissioner that is acting like a self-appointed dictator and their co-conspirators should not be allowed to remain in any form of Government in the United States.


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