WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger was escorted out of a DSS Board meeting today. Berger, who fellow commissioners removed from several boards, including DSS, yesterday, says what is happening to him is against the law.
“I’m not one for making scenes, and I don’t like drama, but the law is the law, and America is a nation of laws not men,” Berger said after leaving the meeting.
Berger had yet another dramatic day, as he arrived early to the New Hanover County DSS Board meeting early and sat down at the board table. The problem is that yesterday the County Commission replaced Berger on the board.
Once Commission Vice Chair Jonathan Barfield was sworn in, Berger was escorted out.
“It’s not a very good indication when a member of the County Commission does something that is a flagrant violation of the law, as Mr. Barfield has,” Berger said.
Berger believes there is no concrete reason for his removal from the DSS Board. He even said he thinks he is still a member of it. DSS Board Chair John Craig says although Berger was removed, Craig did not ask for it.
“I can’t really criticize him, except that he was never on time. That bothered me,” Craig said. “But as a board member, I really don’t have a complaint about him.”
Craig and a sheriff’s deputy spoke to Berger before the meeting.
“I tried to get him to leave voluntarily, and I explained the options to him: that he could leave voluntarily or I was going to have the sheriff’s department assist him in leaving,” Craig said.
Barfield says what happened was not a surprise.
“When you think it’s getting better, it’s not,” Barfield said. “For the most part it’s not frustrating. I think that I’m built for this, and I think the board is built for this in terms of making tough decisions, and you just do what you have to do.”
Berger says he is considering all his options to keep his spot on the DSS Board and other boards, including taking the County Commission to court.