County Leader Removed from Office


by Associated Press

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP)-- Leaders in a North Carolina county have removed one of their own from his elected position after a hearing that focused on erratic behavior and alleged threats against county employees.

The New Hanover board of county commissioners voted 3-2 on Monday to remove an elected official for the first time in nearly a century under a rarely used law.
Board members said they feared for the safety of themselves and county employees after Commissioner Brian Berger had a public run-in in March with Gov. Pat McCrory and his security team. Berger's fellow commissioners also cited his poor attendance record and multiple run-ins with law officers.
Berger's lawyer called the quasi-judicial hearing illegal. Berger has 30 days to appeal.


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