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Commissioners welcome Berger back with list of rules

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Brian Berger can stay, but he has to play by the rules -- Monday, New Hanover County Commissioners set guidelines down for how they want fellow Commissioner Berger to act. Brian Berger can stay, but he has to play by the rules -- Monday, New Hanover County Commissioners set guidelines down for how they want fellow Commissioner Berger to act.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Brian Berger can stay, but he has to play by the rules -- Monday, New Hanover County Commissioners set guidelines down for how they want fellow Commissioner Berger to act.

They say if he follows the rules, they won't try to kick him off the board again. 

All commissioners except Berger voted in favor of the new set of rules, which only apply to Berger. 

The rules state Berger will not be able to use county vehicles or have a county credit card. He must be on time to meetings, and he's not allowed to abuse his email privileges by sending what commissioners called "rambling emails" to county staff.

Berger is not allowed to enter county offices or buildings except during business hours and he must be escorted by a sheriff's deputy. Berger will not be allowed in a county building after 5 p.m., unless he's in a public meeting with the full board. 

"Just to assure staff in general still feels comfortable in their work environment," said New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield. "I think that's really the crux of it all. But also to encourage him to make it to our meetings on time to be an active participant. To do the work he has to do for the folks who voted to put him in office."

Commissioners say that if things go well with Berger over the next few weeks, they will not seek another amotion hearing to remove him from the board.

Special Superior Court Judge James L. Gale ruled earlier this month that Berger would be restored to his position on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.

Berger's fellow commissioners voted to remove Berger from the board using a process called an amotion earlier this year. Commissioner Barfield was the only commissioner, besides Berger, to oppose the amotion process when originally proposed.

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