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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger has been laying low. Other than appealing his violation of a protective order, Berger has been out of the news, until he sent an email to fellow commissioners around 2:40 a.m. The email expressed Berger’s disapproval of the board sending a letter of support for a head start grant.

Wednesday morning New Hanover County Commissioners woke up to another email from Berger filled with accusations of corruption and a lack of transparency.

Berger was responding to a request from New Hanover County Schools for a letter of support for a HeadStart grant. The school district is taking over the program after the federal government stripped it from New Hanover County Community Action because of management issues.

Berger did not seem to understand that, though, and accused fellow commissioners of making fraud and the endangerment of children “more accepted and fraud and abuse more insignificant in more areas.”

Commissioner Jason Thompson provided the clarification Berger needed, but he told us he’s tired of berger’s accusations, especially when he does not understand a situation.

We asked Berger about the late night email while he was on his way to court Wednesday in Brunswick County, especially about his accusations about corruption and transparency.

“That was not intended to be the implication,” Berger said, “and the email was not meant to be adversarial.”

Berger’s lawyer, Thom Goolsby, then ushered him into the courtroom, where he is appealing a protective order violation. A judge said Berger violated the order when he went to a meeting at New Hanover County Community Action, where his ex-girlfriend works. That appeal moved to brunswick county because of a change of venue request. Jury selection and opening statements began today.


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  • ChefnSurf

    Dear Mr. Berger,

    There’s no point in re-explaining to you at his time how irrational and disruptive you been. I’m sure, while you’re sitting up at 2:30 in the morning wrestling with your personal demons that even you’re aware of how much time has been wasted on you by the voters of New Hanover County.

    As one of my elected officials, I wonder if it wouldn’t be too much of an imposition to ask two small requests of you.

    (1)In your remaining time in office, could you just do your best to at least fly low enough below the radar to not get in the way of New Hanover County’s business?
    (2)When the time finally comes (Tock!) for you to step down from office and hopefully disappear, would you please leave just as silently as possible? No farewell speeches, no rants, just go. Don’t even worry about closing the door behind you; we’ll be happy to do it for you.

    Please consider these requests as an opportunity for yourself to have at least done something of a positive nature, no matter how small, during your tenure as a NHC Commissioner.

    Thanking you in advance for your cooperation,
    Your unfortunate constituent,


  • Guestmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Can wway post the full email in the story??

  • Wilmington Observer

    I find it, curiously, interesting that Commissioner Berger trusted, Wilmington, citizens to elect him to office but he does not have that same trust for the same citizens to sit in judgement of him.

    Wilmington Observer

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