Commissioners in New Hanover County voted 3-2 Monday in favor of removing Brian Berger from the board.
NHC Commissioner Brian Berger
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Commissioners in New Hanover County voted 3-2 Monday in favor of removing Brian Berger from the board.
The amotion process started after the board's meeting Monday. It was the first hearing in the state in more than 100 years.
Berger retained a lawyer for the process, Chris Anglin who is based in Raleigh. Anglin filed a Temporary Restraining Order in an effort to delay the process, but a judge ruled against it.
Jonathan Barfield said early in the hearing he was not pleased with the process. He said it seemed like the decision had already been made. Woody White reminded Barfield that elected leaders don't have the ability to choose which issues to deal with.
Berger's tardiness and other run-ins with the law were mentioned during the hearing.
Berger said his witness list for the hearing would have included hundreds, but said he narrowed it to 20 because the list was too long. Only two witnesses testified during the process. Berger also took the stand.
"I take business up here more seriously than my own well being," Berger said.
The amotion hearing proceed as if it was playing out in a courtroom, but it was technically a quasi-judicial hearing.
In April, commissioners voted four to one to censure, or officially reprimand, Berger. Berger was the only opposed vote.
For a more detailed report of the amotion proceedings click here.