THE RANT: Berger odd-man out at Monday’s commissioners meeting
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – While New Hanover County Commissioner Ted Davis being elected as chairman of the board was the headline at Monday night’s meeting, there were some other interesting issues one could see if they looked closely enough.
First and not surprisingly, Commissioner Brian Berger was late …. again. How is it that he can be early to a New Hanover County Community Action Inc. meeting to stake out his ex-girlfriend and break a protective order, but he can’t show up on time for the job he was elected to do?
Then, after the board elected Davis as chairman and a five minute recess, Davis made his first executive order as chairman; he demanded Berger and Commissioner Rick Catlin change seats. We assume Davis doesn’t want to sit next to Berger and wanted him as far away as possible. (Watch the switcheroo here http://newhanovernc.swagit.com/player.php?refid=12052011-55 at “Presentations” at 4:41 into the clip).
At the end of the meeting, Berger took the opportunity to explain why he went to the Community Action meeting, which ended up getting him arrested a second time for breaking a protective order. Berger’s ex-girlfriend Heather Blaylock is a Head Start teacher and works in that building. Even though Berger and Blaylock lived together for months, Berger claims he didn’t know she actually worked in that building.
Berger suggested that the investigation into fraud at Community Action should bother his fellow commissioners enough that they should attend the next meeting. However, Commissioner Jason Thompson threw it back at him, asking if he knew that the Clerk of the Board actually attends the meetings as their representative, and always sends out copious notes after each meeting. Berger sat silent and dumbfounded. (Watch the exchange here http://newhanovernc.swagit.com/player.php?refid=12052011-55 at “Item 9” at 2:17 into the clip.)
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