NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger left his checkbook at home Monday night. Instead he ended the board's October 1 meeting with comments to county staff for its recent work on his expenses.
Berger called the $477.16 amount owed to the county an example of ‘government math in action.' He continued, saying it is inappropriate for staff to devote time to an issue so small, especially when he already agreed to pay. Berger told WECT.com that he would bring the money to Monday's meeting. After the meeting, he said the money would be paid sometime later in the week.
The commissioner might not support staff's efforts, but County Manager Chris Coudriet said the project to collect expense reports and receipts came from an initial request by Berger himself. Coudriet said such a task might not be the best use of time, but his office has to complete any requests from commissioners.
When asked about his comments after the meeting, Berger told WECT.com that some staff members, while on the job, are working to attack him. He would not provide specifics, but Berger said there is the appearance of wrongdoing. Coudriet considered the accusation absurd.
"To suggest that we are creating mischief or digging for information is incorrect and I think unfair," he said. "There is absolutely nothing in the public or private record that would suggest that."
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