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Brian Berger skips out on leadership conference, says it's not his fault

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is once again back in the spotlight. After requesting county staff to send out a news release about a conference he was invited to, Berger did not go. But Berger says it's not his fault.

Berger was awarded a full scholarship to attend a local elected leaders conference in Chapel Hill that ended Thursday. Though he planned to go, Berger says county manager Chris Coudriet told him he was not allowed to, because he currently owes the county $500 in travel expenses.

"If anything, there's just as great a chance that the county owes me money as there is that I owe the county money," Berger said. "In either instance, we're probably only talking about maybe a $50 swing one way or the other."

According to county spokesman Charles Smith, Berger does owe $500 in travel expenses. In June, the County Commission unanimously approved a travel policy where all members must pay off their balance before any more travel.

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