Brian Berger http://whqr.org en Berger Won't be Charged with Felony--May Get to Keep NHC Commission Seat http://whqr.org/post/berger-wont-be-charged-felony-may-get-keep-nhc-commission-seat <p>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.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:05:42 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 56408 at http://whqr.org Berger Won't be Charged with Felony--May Get to Keep NHC Commission Seat Berger Pleads Guilty, Keeps County Commission Seat http://whqr.org/post/berger-pleads-guilty-keeps-county-commission-seat <p>New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger will spend the next year under supervised probation—or, failing that, 120 days in prison. This mornin<strong>g</strong>, 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.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:37:34 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 49935 at http://whqr.org Berger Pleads Guilty, Keeps County Commission Seat Board Sets Up Rules For Brian Berger To Follow For Remainder Of His Term http://whqr.org/post/board-sets-rules-brian-berger-follow-remainder-his-term <p></p><p>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.&nbsp; Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:57:19 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 43203 at http://whqr.org Board Sets Up Rules For Brian Berger To Follow For Remainder Of His Term Even in the Case of Mental Illness, Americans with Disabilities Act Likely Protects Berger http://whqr.org/post/even-case-mental-illness-americans-disabilities-act-likely-protects-berger <p>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. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:04:38 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 42870 at http://whqr.org Even in the Case of Mental Illness, Americans with Disabilities Act Likely Protects Berger Board votes to remove Berger as NHC commissioner http://whqr.org/post/board-votes-remove-berger-nhc-commissioner <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brian Berger is no longer a New Hanover County Commissioner. The board voted 3-to-2 to remove Berger during an </span>amotion<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> hearing yesterday, with Berger and Commissioner Jonathan </span>Barfield<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> dissenting.</span></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 06:16:22 +0000 Sara Wood 36755 at http://whqr.org Board votes to remove Berger as NHC commissioner Business Brief: NHC GOP re-elects Amoroso; Governor appoints her to State Board of Elections http://whqr.org/post/business-brief-nhc-gop-re-elects-amoroso-governor-appoints-her-state-board-elections <p></p><p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>Several years later, the New Hanover County Republican Party re-elected Rhonda Amoroso to a second two-year term as Party Chair.&nbsp; Then, almost immediately, Governor Pat McCrory appointed her to the State Board of Elections.&nbsp;</p><p>According to state statute, Amoroso will have to step down from her County position, and the local GOP will select a new Chair.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 35822 at http://whqr.org Business Brief: NHC GOP re-elects Amoroso; Governor appoints her to State Board of Elections Board censures Berger, sets ouster proceeding in motion http://whqr.org/post/board-censures-berger-sets-ouster-proceeding-motion <p></p><p>The push to remove Brian Berger from his seat on the New Hanover County Commission Board is moving forward.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:28:51 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 35271 at http://whqr.org Board censures Berger, sets ouster proceeding in motion New Hanover County Commission votes to oust Brian Berger http://whqr.org/post/new-hanover-county-commission-votes-oust-brian-berger <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Embattled New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is likely on his way out.&nbsp;</p><p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>The Board voted last night to censure Berger and to file an amotion.&nbsp; Just before the vote, Commissioner Thomas Wolfe castigated Berger for refusing to step down.</p><p><strong>"</strong> I think the best you could do is resign.&nbsp; You’ve brought shame and dishonor upon this council.&nbsp; And I'm mad about it and I don't want to put up with it anymore."</p><p>Brian Berger interrupted, saying, "We're going to have to disagree on that, and..."</p><p>Thomas Wolfe fired back.</p><p>"Well, of course we are.&nbsp; You can't see where you've done anything wrong.&nbsp; You think you're a white knight on a shining horse.&nbsp; Well, I got news for you Mr. Berger.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; You're not.&nbsp; You're a disgrace.&nbsp; Do the community the right thing.&nbsp; Stand up like a man and resign."</p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 13:31:25 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 34506 at http://whqr.org New Hanover County Commission votes to oust Brian Berger New Hanover County Commission Chair calls for Brian Berger's resignation http://whqr.org/post/new-hanover-county-commission-chair-calls-brian-bergers-resignation <p>At a news conference Friday afternoon, <a href="http://www.nhcgov.com/Commissioners/Pages/WWhiteBio.aspx" target="_blank">New Hanover County Commission Chair Woody White</a> called for <a href="http://www.nhcgov.com/Commissioners/Pages/BBergerBio.aspx" target="_blank">Brian Berger</a>’s resignation.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp;<br> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:21:28 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 33663 at http://whqr.org New Hanover County Commission Chair calls for Brian Berger's resignation Woody White, Part I: The Berger Problem http://whqr.org/post/woody-white-part-i-berger-problem <p></p><p>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.&nbsp; Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:23:11 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 28972 at http://whqr.org Woody White, Part I: The Berger Problem