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.
Listen here for the exchange between White and Berger.
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."
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.
New Hanover County will begin looking at whether or not it should consolidate two major agencies: the departments of health and social services. The board of commissioners approved the creation of a committee to study the many options of House bill 438.
The group will consist of a patchwork of county interests, including existing boards of health and human services, UNCW, and the New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Chairman Woody White voted in favor of the group but says there’s no need to rush into a decision.
New Hanover County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution last night to request port enhancement zones in the county. If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, the three zones would provide higher tax incentives to businesses willing to expand or relocate in those areas.
One potential zone is near the Port of Wilmington, one is in Castle Hayne, and the third is near U.S. Highway 421 – east of Castle Hayne.