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Concerns over Brian Berger's recent actions prompt security step-up at meeting

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Commissioners and members of the public faced tougher security at a New Hanover County commission meeting Wednesday. Commissioners and members of the public faced tougher security at a New Hanover County commission meeting Wednesday.
The increased security is in response to recent actions by Commissioner Brian Berger, who has been asked to leave the board. The increased security is in response to recent actions by Commissioner Brian Berger, who has been asked to leave the board.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Commissioners and members of the public faced tougher security at a New Hanover County commission meeting Wednesday.

A sheriff's deputy scanned those at the meeting with a metal detector.

The increased security is in response to recent actions by Commissioner Brian Berger, who has been asked to leave the board.

Berger was scanned with a wand before walking into the meeting. He immediately left the meeting and was scanned a second time when he tried to go back into the meeting. That's when our news crew talked to him about calls for his resignation. Berger spoke for 20 minutes, missing the meeting entirely.

He told us he has no plans to resign. 

Commission Chair Woody White said Berger posed a security threat to Gov. McCrory at a recent event in Wilmington.

Berger denied that he was a threat to the governor, maintaining that White and other members of the board are out to get him because of his "independent" voice.

He said he doesn't pose a threat to those at the meetings nor county employees, which is one of the reasons for the increased security.

Following the meeting, White said that he's said all he can about his feelings on Berger and he wants to focus on county business.

Berger was elected to the board in November 2010. His term expires in 2014.

Berger's time on the board has been marred by controversy, including arrests for violating a domestic violence protective order that his former girlfriend filed against him and DWI.

Fellow commissioners have also complained about his tardiness to meetings and removed him from positions serving on several boards.

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