Berger to take mental health evaluation


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Submitted: Tue, 06/24/2014 - 3:56pm
Updated: Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:09pm By:

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A judge granted a motion to have New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger undergo a mental health evaluation as his probation violation case was continued today.

Berger was arrested earlier this month in Watauga County on a drug paraphernalia charge and several probation violations after Beech Mountain Police found him in a home there after a call about shots being fired in the area.

Today Berger was set to face those probation violations, until the judge granted a defense motion to have him undergo a forensic mental health evaluation.

Berger is due back in court July 22. He remains in custody in the New Hanover County Jail.

17 Comments

  • Guesttoo says:

    Berger offered to go away for $60,000 but ‘ol woodrow preferred to toss away a lot more money than that in his failed attempt to circumvent the electoral process. After all, it wasn’t his money now was it? (okay, if he paid his taxes, he had a little skin in the game). It’s entirely possible that woodrow’s actions further destabilized Berger and made a mess a total cluster.

    taxpayer, in addition to his salary, Berger also has his health insurance covered by the citizens of NHC. Not sure who normally pays for a mental health evaluation but, in this case, taxpayers are on the hook no matter what. Wonder what’s going to happen to that premium?

    After all of this, $60,000 seems like a bargain, doesn’t it woodrow?

    http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/region-state/newspaper-ex-county-commissioner-wanted-60-000-to-resign-1.150926

  • Guesttoo says:

    Berger offered to go away for $60,000 but ‘ol woodrow preferred to toss away a lot more money than that in his failed attempt to circumvent the electoral process. After all, it wasn’t his money now was it? (okay, if he paid his taxes, he had a little skin in the game). It’s entirely possible that woodrow’s actions further destabilized Berger and made a mess a total cluster.

    taxpayer, in addition to his salary, Berger also has his health insurance covered by the citizens of NHC. Not sure who normally pays for a mental health evaluation but, in this case, taxpayers are on the hook no matter what. Wonder what’s going to happen to that premium?

    After all of this, $60,000 seems like a bargain, doesn’t it woodrow?

    http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/region-state/newspaper-ex-county-commissioner-wanted-60-000-to-resign-1.150926

  • SurfCityTom says:

    his car allowance, cell phone allowance, and laptop.

    I’m not certain, but will he qualify for health insurance after he leaves office?

    He’ll have served 4 years. He may be entitled to that until he reaches Medicare age.

  • Guest2020 says:

    I worked for an attorney who had been a commissioner in another county several years before that. He was still paying his premiums for that insurance.

  • Guest123 says:

    Honestly, I feel bad for him it’s obvious the man needs some serious help and this may finally lead to him getting the help he needs.

    At the sametime I have to question our local government design if they don’t have the power to legally remove an individual with these issues from a position of power, maybe it’s something we as voters need to think about.

  • Guest2020 says:

    We need legislation that allows for the voters to recall elected officials. We shouldn’t have to put up with ineffective leaders.

  • Heimie Schmelter says:

    The people vote the commissioners into office, the people need an avenue to recall them and get them out of office if they can’t fulfill their duties. We CERTAINLY don’t want to hand over any more power to the government. Woody Whites ridiculous actions to throw away taxpayer money for ZERO results is proof enough of that!

  • taxpayer says:

    “He’ll continue to get 3 squares a day; a roof over his head; and an evaluation,”

    AND…his salary paid as a sitting County Commissioner.

  • justaconcernedcitizen says:

    Please someone just get him some help & stop making this fodder for the media. JUST DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THIS MAN!!!

  • SurfCityTom says:

    leave this one alone. No need for you to feed your ego by flexing your imaginary muscles.

    Has been continued for 30 days as he undergoes evaluation. He’ll continue to get 3 squares a day; a roof over his head; and an evaluation,

    Let this play out in court.

    Don’t create sympathy for him by doing your usual. He’ll be gone in December.

  • guest111 says:

    I hope with this evaluation professional medical experts can find out what’s wrong and do something to help him. He has created so much chaos but if it’s because of a problem he has no control over I hope his life can be improved and it will stop being played out in public. Mental health disease is uncontrollable by the person affected and as sick as I am of hearing about him I do wish him the best.

  • concernedcitizen001 says:

    About time.

  • burgerboy says:

    They ought to leave old burger alone and they should make that old lazy slob woodrow white take a mental examination to determine how crasy and senile is old nutcase self is, cause he’s a danger to teh communitey, they ought to lock his old weirdo trash bag buttocks up in dorthea dix with the rest of the froot loops cause he’s nuttier than a bag of planter’s peanuts!!!

  • Citizen Jason says:

    The good citizens of NH County have always had enough sense, not to elect questionable showoff clowns, like Reverend Fredlaw, Josh Fulton, Marc Benson, and Ricky Meeks. But this one slipped through the cracks. I guess it sometimes happens.

    Oh well, we’ve put up with it for over 3 years. I guess a few more months won’t matter. I guess he’s playing his final card. Because the spotlight goes off soon.

  • Guest 2016 says:

    Your comment really made sense to me. I never thought of it quite that way before…but it answers exactly what happened in 2010.
    It was such an important mid-term election and Berger slipped thru the cracks. I agree with you!!! BUT THE GOP endorsed him. WHY…OH WHY???

    I attended a lot of pre election candidate EVENTS that year…and I thought Berger came across HORRIBLY on stage and vowed NOT to vote for him.

    I WONDERED out loud BEFORE the mid term election why the local GOP would have endorsed a guy like him who could not speak clearly in public, who looked and acted VERY confused/challenged and who did not make sense to any of the other candidates who were running at the time.

    Citizens need to BEWARE of Bad Candidates, for sure! Hope we learned our lesson.

  • guest111 says:

    I totally agree.

  • Guest2020 says:

    He does need help, but since he is an elected official, the people have a right to know what is going on with him.

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