Brian Berger

Local - June 12
4:05 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Berger Won't be Charged with Felony--May Get to Keep NHC Commission Seat

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger--who was charged with a DWI in February--is likely looking at a four-month prison sentence. Following Berger’s arrest in Avery County this week for violating his parole, and possessing numerous weapons and drug paraphernalia, the commissioner made an appearance in court this afternoon—via video from the county jail.

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Local-February 3
3:37 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Berger Pleads Guilty, Keeps County Commission Seat

New Hanover County

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger will spend the next year under supervised probation—or, failing that, 120 days in prison. This morning, Berger pleaded guilty to December charges, including his second DWI, and a first for drug possession. While he will have to do community service and undergo formal drug and substance abuse evaluation, Berger can no longer legally be removed from his seat on the county commission.

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Local
4:57 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Board Sets Up Rules For Brian Berger To Follow For Remainder Of His Term

Re-instated Commissioner Brian Berger
New Hanover County

Brian Berger will be left to serve out his term on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners with no further effort to oust him. 

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Local - September 10
4:04 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Even in the Case of Mental Illness, Americans with Disabilities Act Likely Protects Berger

Commissioner Brian Berger
NHCo. Sheriff's Office

Throughout recent legal battles concerning New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger’s fitness for public office, mental health has been a central topic. At a news conference last week, Commission Chairman Woody White said the commission had heard nothing from Berger regarding whether he needed or had received mental health counseling. White cited Berger’s incoherent emails, conspiracy fixations and erratic behavior as grave concerns that responsible leaders could not ignore.

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Local
2:16 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Board votes to remove Berger as NHC commissioner

New Hanover County

Brian Berger is no longer a New Hanover County Commissioner. The board voted 3-to-2 to remove Berger during an amotion hearing yesterday, with Berger and Commissioner Jonathan Barfield dissenting.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Business Brief: NHC GOP re-elects Amoroso; Governor appoints her to State Board of Elections

Rhonda Amoroso, Board Member, NC State Board of Elections

It wasn’t until the addition of Sarah Palin to the Republican Presidential ticket in 2008 that Rhonda Amoroso’s desire to create political change in the Cape Fear region re-ignited. 

Several years later, the New Hanover County Republican Party re-elected Rhonda Amoroso to a second two-year term as Party Chair.  Then, almost immediately, Governor Pat McCrory appointed her to the State Board of Elections. 

According to state statute, Amoroso will have to step down from her County position, and the local GOP will select a new Chair. 

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Local
4:28 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Board censures Berger, sets ouster proceeding in motion

New Hanover County

The push to remove Brian Berger from his seat on the New Hanover County Commission Board is moving forward. 

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Developing
9:31 am
Tue April 9, 2013

New Hanover County Commission votes to oust Brian Berger

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger
New Hanover County

Embattled New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is likely on his way out. 

Chairman Woody White called for Berger’s resignation last month after a series of actions over the last several weeks by Berger that alarmed the Board – including the public accosting of Governor Pat McCrory during a ceremony at Cape Fear Community College. 

The Board voted last night to censure Berger and to file an amotion.  Just before the vote, Commissioner Thomas Wolfe castigated Berger for refusing to step down.

" I think the best you could do is resign.  You’ve brought shame and dishonor upon this council.  And I'm mad about it and I don't want to put up with it anymore."

Brian Berger interrupted, saying, "We're going to have to disagree on that, and..."

Thomas Wolfe fired back.

"Well, of course we are.  You can't see where you've done anything wrong.  You think you're a white knight on a shining horse.  Well, I got news for you Mr. Berger.    You're not.  You're a disgrace.  Do the community the right thing.  Stand up like a man and resign."

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Local
5:21 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

New Hanover County Commission Chair calls for Brian Berger's resignation

At a news conference Friday afternoon, New Hanover County Commission Chair Woody White called for Brian Berger’s resignation.  The call came after a series of recent incidents that have heightened concerns about the safety of county staffers and what some are calling Berger’s deteriorating mental condition. 

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Local
7:23 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Woody White, Part I: The Berger Problem

Woody White, Chairman, New Hanover County Commission
New Hanover County

When New Hanover County Board Chairman Woody White took office December 3rd, he had a slew of issues he planned to address as a new community leader. 

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