Landscape Lighting Systems
appen grocery
Johns Creek Chamber
appen dec 2010

Johns Creek City Council to investigate Mayor Bodker


Council refuses to specify charges, mayor calls action 'witch hunt'



shadow
June 18, 2013
JOHNS CREEK, GA. – The Johns Creek City Council stunned those who stayed late at the June 17 council meeting when they announced after an executive session that they would initiate an investigation of Mayor Mike Bodker for conduct or actions that they refused to specify.

After the regular agenda was completed Monday night, the council members announced an executive session and retired to deliberate. After about 45minutes they returned and Councilman Randall Johnson made the announcement that the council would appoint an attorney from a firm outside the city to, "Investigate certain actions by the mayor."

The vote was 5-0 to appoint an investigator. Councilwoman Kelly Stewart was absent on vacation.

Bodker had recused himself from the meeting once he discovered the purpose of the meeting. Bodker was invited to stay for the executive session, but reportedly declined saying he would not be present without being represented by legal counsel.

After the meeting, Bodker said he did not know what prompted the charges.

"I can tell you that anything I have done as mayor has solely been to do what I thought was in the best interests of the citizens of Johns Creek," he said.

Johnson said after the executive session that he was the driving force behind the call for an investigation. But he obviously had the full support of the other four council members. He said the council is not filing any charges.

"We just need to remove this cloud. It is a belief of a pattern of behavior," said Mayor Pro Tem Bev Miller. "The timing might be questionable, but it is not intended [to be]. The council has been in protective mode, and it's time to take action."

The timing Miller refers to is the coming council elections this fall when the mayor is up for re-election to a third term. In the first two elections he was unopposed. This action could encourage a potential challenger to get off the fence.

"Over time there have been incidents when [the council] has approached him. There have been public and private reprimands," she said.

Asked if there were any suspicions of criminal actions, Miller said she would not speculate.

"We just need some answers," she said. "It's something that has been building up over a long time. You get to a point where you say enough. There are recent things that came to a head and need resolution."

Miller said she didn't want "to accuse" the mayor of anything – although she and fellow council members have certainly put a cloud over the mayor. She said as recently as the council's retreat earlier this year they discussed the issue with the mayor.

Johnson said the council members want an "independent third party" to look into the matter.

"I don't know where the investigation will lead. We will see where it will head. They will talk to staff individually," he said.

Asked if he thought the mayor was overstepping his powers, Johnson said he didn't know. Asked if this will affect the running of the city, Johnson said no.

"The city manager has control of the operations of the [day-to-day] operations of the city, and the council will continue to direct policy," he said.

After the meeting, Bodker said he did not know what specific actions prompted the actions of the City Council. He recused himself from the executive session.

A supporter said later it was understandable that the mayor would not sit in on such a meeting without his own counsel to represent him.

With election qualifying coming up in August, the mayor was asked if he thought this was politically motivated, he said it "certainly feels politically motivated."

"I don't know the details. They are not saying anything specific. It feels like a witch hunt" Bodker said. "I know I have served the city in several capacities starting as president of my homeowner association in 1999," he said. "Nothing has changed since then. I have tried to represent my constituencies in a transparent and unbiased manner."

Bodker said he was confident that no matter what actions he is accused of, it was for benefit of the citizens.

In light of the council's statements that he had been "reprimanded" for past actions, could he state what their specific concerns might be, Bodker refused to be spokesman for his accusers.

"I would be foolish to speculate at this point," Bodker said.

Executive Editor, Appen Media.
printPrint
emailEmail Link
CommentFeedback
shareShare

Tags: Government & News & Crime

  1. report print email
    Duh
    June 19, 2013 | 09:07 AM

    If you go rogue and think you are the 'master of the universe' in a city council, then you deserve to be investigated and/or prosecuted.

    There are too many crooks in politics nowadays.

    Hats off to the city council members.



    Taxpayer
    Johns Creek
  2. report print email
    I Feel Like I am Back in Chicago
    June 19, 2013 | 11:09 AM

    All is fair in love, war, and elections.....
    Now it is happening in Johns Creek. Next I guess we will no longer be the safest city in Georgia. Der's trouble lurking in the wings and they are trying their brooms on for size and getting ready to ride. Watch your backside, because they have already contracted with a Waste Removal company who charges by weight, not if trash or not! Okay baby ready for your ride? You beeze going out with the bath water!

    Richard Loehn
    Joihns Creek
  3. report print email
    Term Limits
    June 19, 2013 | 02:50 PM

    Witch hunt? I think not. You "go" city council members! Time for a change in mayors anyway. There should be term limits for mayors. Out with the old, in with the new. Keeps our city on the straight and narrow!

    MT
    Johns Creek
  4. report print email
    bodker
    June 19, 2013 | 05:15 PM

    I'm all for term limits but the mayor is spot on about this being a witch hunt. The accusations have been around for some time, only rolled out when one of their own is deciding to run against him. Pass the popcorn. They'll do their "investigating", turn up just enough to damage this popular mayor's reputation, then back off the charges. The council should be ashamed of using taxpayer dollars to fund this dog and pony show.

    Citizen X
    Johns Creek
  5. report print email
    The mayor and city council are a group of buddy buddies
    June 19, 2013 | 09:09 PM

    Remember when the mayor and city council were first elected? They all ran as a group and campaigned for each other. There is little diversity of opinion or discussion of issues on city council. They have all been there long enough. Time for some turnover and fresh thinking.

    An Observer
    Johns Creek
  6. report print email
    Change is for the voters to decide
    June 20, 2013 | 10:37 PM

    I am furious with the decision to use my tax dollars for this side show. If there are issues with Mayor Bodker, share them with the citizens of Johns Creek and let the voters decide. In my opinion, Mayor Bodker has made great improvements to this city. I remember being ignored as unincorporated Fulton county. Mike Bodker worked hard to make Johns Creek. He deserves respect and honest dealing from council.

    JC Resident
    Johns Creek
  7. report print email
    Childish
    June 20, 2013 | 10:41 PM

    I felt that the JC city council acted rashly in the traffic light situation with Roswell. Now this. It seems that we have childish brats on council who overreact when they don't get their way.

    JC Resident
    Johns Creek
  8. report print email
    Let the voters decide
    June 20, 2013 | 10:49 PM

    Turnover and change should be decided at the polls, not in a courtroom. If Johns Creek residents want a new mayor, why has Bodker always run unopposed? Something tells me at least one of these council members will be running this fall.

    JC Resident
    Johns Creek
  9. report print email
    Mayor
    June 21, 2013 | 10:28 AM

    What did he allegedly do? Everything I keep reading says he will be investigated, but investigated for what? Taking bribes? Abuse of power and if so in what way? Fixing tickets? I mean seriously. Someone tell the story not create a drama soap opera.

    What happened?
    Johns Creek
  10. report print email
    Government by the People
    June 21, 2013 | 01:17 PM

    It sounds like the Mayor and City Council have been in their posts too long, because now they are just getting on each other's nerves. The Mayor should step aside, having served 8 years, and Councilmen such as Karen Richardson and Randall Johnson who have served 8 years should run for Mayor.

    Councilwoman Kelly Stewart deserves special mention for her poor attendance at City Council meetings costing taxpayers $625 for being a no-show. Let's do some investigating on why she can't fulfill her duties, or elect someone who can.

    Lorilee
    Johns Creek
  11. report print email
    City Council misses another opportunity to take the high road.
    June 21, 2013 | 10:00 PM

    The way I see it, the Mayor seems to want to negotiate with our neighbors over issues that affect more than one city (e.g., Roger's Bridge, Brumbelow/Nesbit Ferry light, Alpharetta Parks and Recreation) but the City Council doesn't want to and doesn't want him to.  Is this the example we really want to teach to Johns Creek students?  This is embarrassing to our city.  Whenever I have volunteered in this city, the Mayor  has always been there to look me in the eye and say thank you.  I have seen the Mayor in action at executive and public council sessions and it is obvious that he always does his homework and is prepared. I have been involved in city, county, state, national, and international governments for many years and from my perspective, I would have had to get up early and work late to keep up with the likes of a Mike Bodker but that is a good thing and I want my Mayor to elicit that feeling in others.  Mayor, thank you for your service and please keep fighting for what you feel is the right thing for Johns Creek's citizens.

    S. Schindler
    Johns Creek
  12. report print email
    City Council misses another opportunity...
    June 21, 2013 | 10:21 PM

    A glitch seems to have removed my name from the above post.

    S. Schindler
    Johns Creek
  13. report print email
    City Council is Embarrassing Johns Creek
    June 22, 2013 | 03:18 PM

    The city council is wasting our tax dollars on this investigation. None of the five City Council members voting for the investigation will identify even one ethics or other violation committed by Mayor Bodker. Instead, they hired an attorney with our tax dollars to see if he can drum up some charges, and all of this is taking place immediately before the municipal elections filing deadline in late August. Apparently, one of these five council members hopes to vote Mike Bodker off City Council before the filing deadline and then possibly run unopposed. According to WSBTV.com, this mess appears to have started when Mike Bodker asked newly elected Councilman Brad Raffensperger to attend a meeting in Duluth where Brad might have learned more about the proposed Rogers Bridge Park pedestrian bridge between Johns Creek and Duluth. The City Council had earlier removed this bridge from its list of active projects. Mike Bodker’s request of Brad to attend this meeting infuriated this Group of 5, who fired back at Mike telling him he was acting “outside the will of the Council.” Brad should have simply attended this meeting to learn more about the issue so that he was better educated on this project. Instead, the taxpayers are spending 10’s of thousands of dollars. This action is nothing but a witch hunt.

    JC Resident
    Johns Creek
  14. report print email
    Outrageous
    June 22, 2013 | 03:46 PM

    It's totally unacceptable for the City Council to use OUR tax dollars on this weakly justified "investigation". You know, if I was a council person wanting to run against our Mayor, I had little recognition in the community, and I had no outstanding achievements to point to in a campaign, I guess ambition and desperation might tempt me to take regretful actions that might better have been left to my imagination. I plan to be present at the next council meeting so I may exercise my right for public comment on this action they have taken. I am so frustrated and fed up.

    Unacceptable
    Johns Creek
  15. report print email
    Seriously
    June 23, 2013 | 11:23 AM

    If the mayor has, indeed, done questionable actions, then he needs to be investigated.

    I will not vote for Bodker for mayor.
    Even if he was not involved in this situation, I believe that a mayor should be a 2 term ( max) job. We don't need more career-politicians!

    Let one of the other council members be mayor or someother qualified individual.

    It is this career-politician matter that needs to be nipped in the bud.

    Voting for anyone other than Bodker.



    Not outrageous, a necessity
    Johns Creek
  16. report print email
    Really?
    June 25, 2013 | 09:15 PM

    This is comical, adults playing a silly political game. Get on with the city's business. The electorate needs to get informed and vote against council members that insist on this silly tactic. We are hiring an attorney for the city council to go after the mayor? Any council member that that wants to spend my money this way lost my vote.

    BE
    Johns Creek
  17. report print email
    jc
    August 22, 2013 | 01:14 PM

    BE@ how do you know what the charges are? The ones that the city mentioned are not just some silly game.

    I would rather vote for honest city council members than a dishonest mayor, wouldn't you? Don't drink the Bodker Kool-Aid!

    MIT
    JC
READER COMMENTS Submission
When posting feedback please be respectful. Be nice. :
* required value
Your Name*

Town*

Email (not shown on website)*

Subject*

Comment*

Verification*
Identify the animal




Coldwell Banker
RECENT CLASSIFIEDS
Full-time

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

September 18, 2014 | 09:17 AM
Duties include;Appointment »
Full-time

Alpharetta Tax Preparer - Full Time Help

September 17, 2014 | 05:06 PM
Local Alpharetta Tax preparer »
Furniture

Breakfast table and chairs

September 15, 2014 | 11:52 AM
Metal frame Glass top breakfast »

Northside Oral Surgery
appen dec 2010 Duplicate