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By Ashley Withers

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger has been noticeably missing from the public eye for the past several months, skipping out on his commissioner duties and not making many appearances at local events.

The last full board of commissioners’ meeting Berger attended was on Nov. 18. He arrived at 10:35 a.m. for the 9 a.m. meeting, according to meeting minutes kept by the county. He attended an agenda review on Dec. 5, but arrived late and missed all but the last 10 minutes of the meeting.

The agenda review was held hours before Berger was arrested for driving while impaired and drug possession. In February, Berger pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to a year of probation.

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