County Commissioner Brian Berger claims he's being shut out - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

County Commissioner Brian Berger claims he's being shut out of political process

Commissioner Brian Berger says he's working in a "den of snakes." Commissioner Brian Berger says he's working in a "den of snakes."

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Commissioners in New Hanover County are quarreling after one commissioner claims he's been shut out of the political process.

Commissioner Brian Berger said in an interview that he's working in what he describes as a "den of snakes".

Berger is accusing other commissioners of holding secret meetings. He claims he is being intentionally shut out by his fellow commissioners and county staff.

In an email WECT obtained that was sent on March 21, 2011, Berger requested documents about the non-attainment issues facing New Hanover County from two county employees, Chris O'Keefe and Shawn Ralston. He also requested a list of all meetings on this issue and future meetings.

[Read the email exchange (PDF)]

Upon not receiving that information by March 28, Berger wrote a sharply worded 6-page email to the county employees, sometimes using capital letters to express his points. He also copied his fellow commissioners and County Manager Bruce Shell.

 "This stonewalling and secrecy and attempt to filter information is NOT ACCEPTABLE," Berger wrote. "THE ACTIONS OF STAFF AND CERTAIN COMMISSIONERS HAS BEEN AN AFFRONT TO OPENNESS AND ACCOUNTABLILITY."

In response, Shell wrote that he planned to meet with staff to "understand where we have not complied with your request and to determine next steps."

County Commissioner Jason Thompson wrote to Brian, "This is ridiculous. Brian you are a commissioner not der fuhrer. Your email shows you do not understand a manager/commissioner form o govt (sic)."

Berger responded via email stating that he found Thompson's comments "offensive and inappropriate".

Berger even added a new accusation when we talked to him.

"Rick Catlin or somebody at the last commissioners meeting took a piece of my notes.

We talked to Catlin on the phone.

"These are fabricated allegations," he said. "I've never seen such bizarre behavior."

Berger maintains that he's being stonewalled and sabotaged.

"It raises serious questions about them and their character but that's between them and a higher power," Berger said.

We asked Catlin how he plans to continue to work on the board with Berger, given the allegations that are being leveled against him.

"I'm going to pray on it," Catlin responded.

Copyright 2011 WECT. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Sex offender moves in next door to victim

    Sex offender moves in next door to victim

    Thursday, June 22 2017 11:32 AM EDT2017-06-22 15:32:04 GMT
    Thursday, June 22 2017 11:54 AM EDT2017-06-22 15:54:18 GMT

    A convicted child molester moved next door to his victim when he was released from jail, and there is no law preventing him from doing so.

    More >>

    A convicted child molester moved next door to his victim when he was released from jail, and there is no law preventing him from doing so.

    More >>
  • Social media takes note of post about workers caught sleeping

    Social media takes note of post about workers caught sleeping

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 7:15 PM EDT2017-06-21 23:15:15 GMT
    A Shreveport man is an Internet sensation after posting something on Facebook about workers at a 24-hour McDonald's restaurant lying down on the job. (Source: Paul Holland/Facebook)A Shreveport man is an Internet sensation after posting something on Facebook about workers at a 24-hour McDonald's restaurant lying down on the job. (Source: Paul Holland/Facebook)

    A Shreveport man caught this on camera at a 24-hour McDonald's restaurant on Mansfield Road.

    More >>

    A Shreveport man caught this on camera at a 24-hour McDonald's restaurant on Mansfield Road.

    More >>
  • Canadian sniper takes out ISIS fighter from 2 miles away

    Canadian sniper takes out ISIS fighter from 2 miles away

    Thursday, June 22 2017 6:53 PM EDT2017-06-22 22:53:45 GMT
    Thursday, June 22 2017 7:13 PM EDT2017-06-22 23:13:12 GMT

    A Canadian special forces sniper took the shot from a tall building in what is thought to be a record distance for a sniper kill. It hit an ISIS fighter. 

    More >>

    A Canadian special forces sniper took the shot from a tall building in what is thought to be a record distance for a sniper kill. It hit an ISIS fighter. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly