WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — New Hanover County spent nearly $68,000 to try to remove a commissioner.
County officials held a special hearing in May to remove Brian Berger from the county board of commissioners.
The board voted 3-2 to remove Berger, but a North Carolina Superior Court judge overturned the decision.
Greenville lawyer John Martin was hired to defend the county's action and he was paid nearly $68,000.
Superior Court Judge James Gale reinstated Berger last month. Gale said the four other commissioners had considered personal experiences that were not properly offered as evidence.
Gale said the commission could try again to remove of Berger, but the panel has decided against that.
Berger said the true costs were higher, saying county employees put time into what he called a "personal vendetta" against him.
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