ONLINE UPDATE: Berger asked to resign, again

by Kelly Corbett
Friday, March 22, 2013

New Hanover County Commission Chairman Woody White said the request for Commissioner Brian Berger to resign is a culmination of events throughout the past 20 days.

During a news conference on Friday, March 22, White said he felt the tipping point was reached early Friday when Berger emailed County Attorney Wanda Copley requesting a meeting.

Its frightened our staff, White said. It has made us feel increasingly unsafe.

On Thursday, March 21, during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Cape Fear Community College Humanities and Fine Arts Center, Berger handed Gov. Pat McCrory one of 2,000 copies of a manifesto he had written.

White asked state troopers to stay between McCrory and Berger, who White said had red eyes, was shaking and had drool coming out the side of his mouth.

I dont think he really posed a physical threat, he said. A lot of this is old news, but its not to him.

Berger was also asked to resign by a former board on Sept. 7, 2011, due to conflicts and problems stemming from his personal life, which all culminated in a suicide attempt on Aug. 28.

If he doesnt, were going to maintain a high level of awareness, White said. We cannot remove him. People put him there.

No decision has been made, but White said court options could be sought and Copley has been consulted about Chapter 50C of North Carolina General Statutes regarding civil no-contact orders.

White has offered his services as an attorney to Berger.

Its unfair to burden the other four commissioners with this, White said. Were in uncharted waters here, and thats the bottom line.

Safety precautions are also being taken to ensure Berger cannot be let into the office of County Manager Chris Coudriet or Copley with his county card, as he has previously gained access.

White said he has not had any correspondence with Berger since an email he sent March 22, requesting his resignation.

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