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Berger won’t resign; apologizes to WPD

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A day after his fellow commissioners called for his resignation, New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger held a new conference of his own this evening. Despite what his colleagues want, Berger said he would not resign.

“I’m not gonna let individuals on the board, who for quite some time have had different ideas about the way direction New Hanover County is going dictate to me whether or not I should be on the board,” Berger said. “The reality is they were not among my supporters, but it is the people who elected me I have a responsibility to serve, as well as the people who did not vote for me. I take that responsibility seriously. I don’t do a perfect job. I’m human. Fallible. I believe I have been an effective commissioner and will be more effective moving forward.”

Berger also apologized to the Wilmington Police Department and Chief Ralph Evangelous for saying his department lied on a report about the suicide attempt at Berger’s home last week.

“If my e-mail was worded poorly, I apologize,” Berger said.

Berger also explained why he did not address his personal issues at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting.

“I can say unequivocally that that week was an aberration,” Berger said.

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