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Dunwoody Ethics Board hears complaint against Councilwoman Bonser
by LaTria Garnigan
June 05, 2013 03:24 PM | 2639 views | 3 3 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Dunwoody Ethics Board heard from resident Stephen Chipka last week, during a hearing regarding a complaint he filed against District 2 City Councilwoman Adrian Bonser.

Chipka, a resident of District 2, filed the ethics complaint against Bonser based on three counts: failing to investigate allegations of corruption and cover-ups within the city’s police department, abandonment of her obligations to serve her district constituents while pursuing other personal interests and accepting compensation from the city, and threatening and abusive behavior toward a member of the public while in the course of her duties.

Jennifer Keaton, Esq., of One Mediation, was the hearing officer and focused the meeting on Count 3 regarding the threatening and abusive behavior.

On Feb. 9, 2011, Chipka was involved in a motor vehicle incident with another driver along Mount Vernon Highway, which carried over into the Orchard Park Kroger plaza. Chipka’s complaint against Bonser arises from his claim the councilwoman did not look into his case. He said he believed there to be some malfeasance within the Dunwoody Police Department regarding his case, in which he was charged with aggressive driving.

The point of last week’s ethics hearing was a result of several email exchanges between Chipka and Bonser that began after the incident in 2011. After numerous emails back and forth, Chipka’s main complaint is that a July 3, 2012 email from Bonser was threatening in nature.

In the email Bonser responds to Chipka by saying “This is the last time I will respond to your harassing emails. You are ruminating on an issue in your life that I am not able to help you with. I suggest you seek help from a qualified therapist or, your pastor.”

The other part of contention regarding the email was Bonser stating “…I will not read or respond to another email from you even if your house is on fire. You have lost that privilege.”

“The abusive part is saying she won’t take any more emails if my house is on fire,” said Chipka. “That to me is very abusive and I don’t feel comfortable in this community.”

In her defense, Bonser said she felt she was being kind in suggesting Chipka seek assistance from a therapist or pastor.

“For two years this had been going on and he sent emails to me, the police chief, other staff and I made the suggestion he talk to somebody,” said Bonser. “I was trying to be kind.”

Both Chipka and Bonser stated their sides, and gave final statements with the board concluding to mull over their findings in regards to Count 3. The board will meet again to hear Counts 1 and 2 — that meeting has yet to be announced.

What's next?:
The next meeting of the Dunwoody Ethics Board will be June 12 at 9:30 a.m. at city hall, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 103 in Dunwoody.
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June 11, 2013
"Frank" - The issue is not what caused the interaction between Chipka and Bonser, it is that he asked his council representative for assistance, and she not only did not provide it, she was rude and inappropriate. Watch the ethics hearing on the City website and learn from the Hearing Officer how to keep things on track, so you don't get so bogged down in irrelevant details.
Frank Words
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June 06, 2013
Your article was very truncated. It did not include that he was following a 16 year old girl and she said that she felt frightened as he was behind her flashing his brights at her. And has also harassed the police chief and claims that the police dash cam was edited.

Your article is just an attempt to pile on the councilwoman. She has a right to keep from being harassed.
Dot Wiggins
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June 20, 2013
I am with you, Frank. I couldn't believe what a big issue this has become and what a waste of the city's time and resources. Whether Bosner was rude or not is a small issue in the big picture as far as I'm concerned. He was harassing her, his behavior was over the top regarding the driving incident itself as well as his reaction to it. Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. Look into this guy's record on OJS. (Public records) Numerous lawsuits and he has only lived here a few years. He is just an unhappy person who does need help; Bosner was pushed to her limits by him and she may have acted inappropriately but something needs to be done about this guy. He is a nuisance wasting taxpayer time and money.
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