UPDATE: Commissioners to vote on Berger's reprimand and removal - | WBTV Charlotte

UPDATE: Commissioners to vote on Berger's reprimand and removal

Commissioners in New Hanover County took steps to censure fellow member Brian Berger, and begin the process to have Berger removed from the board Commissioners in New Hanover County took steps to censure fellow member Brian Berger, and begin the process to have Berger removed from the board

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Commissioners in New Hanover County voted 3-1 to begin the process of formally censuring fellow Commissioner Brian Berger, and instructed staff to start working on another process, called "amotion", to have Berger removed from the board.

Amotion is based in common law as a way for corporations to get rid of an officer based on behavior or violations of ethics. A censure is a public reprimand that has no legal effect other than to express  the dissatisfaction of the board (or a majority of the board) for one member's behavior or violation of ethics.

Berger was involved in a discussion with several fellow commissioners during Monday night's meeting, where he was asked to give specific examples of where he was mistreated by members of the board and county staff. He claimed several times that this was not the proper time to do so, and several times Chairman Woody White told him that the public forum was the right time.

"While we have great sympathy for what obviously is a difficult situation that he (Berger) is in, I don't think there's a citizen that watched or listened to that exchange that believes that Mr. Berger is fit to conduct public business, to comprehend the serious business that we have and deal with everyday," White said near the end of the meeting. "Anyone that would conclude otherwise would be wrong."  

The newest member of the board, Thomas Wolfe, openly chastised Berger for making members of the county staff fearful for their safety.

"I for one on this committee, on this council, am not going to put up with you intimidating this staff," Wolfe said to Berger. "Somebody's got to take a stand. If it's going to be me against you, I'll do it. But, you are a disgrace to what we call a public office. I think the best thing you could do is resign. You've brought shame and dishonor upon this council, and I'm made about it and I don't want to put up with it anymore."

"We're just going to have to disagree on that," Berger responded.

Commissioner Beth Dawson made the motion that the board instruct staff to begin drafting a resolution to censure Berger, and take steps to begin the process of filing an amotion, to remove Berger from the board. The documents could be ready by the April 22nd meeting.

Commissioner Jonathan Barfield asked to leave the meeting, saying he was not feeling well. He did not vote on the censure/amotion resolution brought up by Dawson.

Berger cast the lone "no" vote to the resolution. He repeatedly tried to defend his actions during a recent trip Governor Pat McCrory made to Wilmington. It was after that incident that White voiced concerns about Berger's behavior and asked Berger to resign. Berger refused to step down.

Copyright 2013  WECT. All rights reserved.

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • GenX, opioid addiction, short-term rentals among issues raised at candidates' forum

    GenX, opioid addiction, short-term rentals among issues raised at candidates' forum

    Friday, September 22 2017 6:22 AM EDT2017-09-22 10:22:52 GMT
    Nearly all candidates on the November ballot attended a forum Thursday night organized by the Residents of Old Wilmington organization. (Source: WECT)Nearly all candidates on the November ballot attended a forum Thursday night organized by the Residents of Old Wilmington organization. (Source: WECT)

    Issues related to downtown Wilmington were discussed Thursday night in a candidates’ forum at the Hannah Block USO Building.

    More >>

    Issues related to downtown Wilmington were discussed Thursday night in a candidates’ forum at the Hannah Block USO Building.

    More >>
  • League of Women Voters to host series of candidate forums

    League of Women Voters to host series of candidate forums

    Monday, September 18 2017 12:51 PM EDT2017-09-18 16:51:31 GMT

    The Municipal Elections are just around the corner, so the League of Women Voters of the Cape Fear is sponsoring a series of candidate forums in Brunswick County next month. 

    More >>

    The Municipal Elections are just around the corner, so the League of Women Voters of the Cape Fear is sponsoring a series of candidate forums in Brunswick County next month. 

    More >>
  • Rouzer votes against bill to raise debt ceiling, help hurricane victims

    Rouzer votes against bill to raise debt ceiling, help hurricane victims

    Friday, September 8 2017 3:18 PM EDT2017-09-08 19:18:39 GMT
    Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC7) voted against a measure Friday that would tie emergency hurricane relief funding to raising the country's debt ceiling (Source: rouzer.house.gov)Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC7) voted against a measure Friday that would tie emergency hurricane relief funding to raising the country's debt ceiling (Source: rouzer.house.gov)

    Congressman David Rouzer (NC7) is one of seven members of North Carolina's delegation voting against a measure that would raise the country’s debt ceiling, and provide emergency relief funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey. HR 601, which also makes necessary adjustments to keep the government open for another three months, passed the U.S House of Representatives Friday morning by a count of 316-90. 

    More >>

    Congressman David Rouzer (NC7) is one of seven members of North Carolina's delegation voting against a measure that would raise the country’s debt ceiling, and provide emergency relief funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey. HR 601, which also makes necessary adjustments to keep the government open for another three months, passed the U.S House of Representatives Friday morning by a count of 316-90. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly