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Johns Creek Mayor responds to city council investigation
by Nicole Dow
June 19, 2013 01:35 PM | 3828 views | 8 8 comments | 129 129 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker
Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker
Responding to an investigation launched by the Johns Creek City Council, Mayor Mike Bodker said he is “disappointed that it has come to this.”

The investigation centers around alleged violations of the city’s charter and ethics ordinance.

Bodker said he welcomes the investigation as a chance to clear his name and any suspicion that has been placed upon him.

“My actions have always been to do what I believe is best for the citizens and businesses of Johns Creek,” he said.

Bodker said part of his responsibilities as mayor include speaking to people outside of city government.

“Sometimes those conversations get misconstrued by others who are not a party to them,” he said. “I’ve tried to clear up each and every misunderstanding that I’ve ever been made aware of, and I would say that [this investigation] is indicative of the fact that that hasn’t clearly gotten across.”

Bodker added, “One of the downsides of being the mayor — or a councilmember sometimes — is people will … sometimes on purpose state that you’ve said something or done something if it suits their needs. There have been many, many things that have been attributed to me that I’ve not even known about.”

In a statement released Tuesday, Councilman Randall Johnson said the launch of the investigation follows “several reprimands of Mayor Bodker about certain questionable actions he’s taken over the last several years.”

Johnson added, “There have been allegations that he’s repeatedly involved himself in actions and situations that were outside the will of council.”

One such reprimand Bodker recalled involved the restoration of Rogers Bridge. As Bodker explained, before Johns Creek was chartered as a city, officials from Fulton County, Duluth and Gwinnett County came to an understanding to each contribute to the bridge restoration.

“When we became a city, that project had not yet been done and Gwinnett and Duluth had apparently set aside their money but … [Johns Creek councilmembers] decided they did not want to move forward with that project,” he said. “I didn’t agree with the decision, but at the end of the day, the council decision is the council decision.”

Bodker said he continued receiving calls from Duluth officials but told them he could not change council’s decision.

When Brad Raffensperger was elected to council, Bodker explained the situation to him and asked if Raffensperger might want to meet with Duluth officials and take an objective look at the issue.

“[Councilmembers] interpreted it as me trying to go against their will, and they reprimanded me,” Bodker said.

In other instances of reprimand, Bodker said his actions have just been his attempt to back the will of the council and to gather information to make sure they had all the facts.

Bodker said the investigation will not interfere with city operations and said he hopes it will move forward quickly and professionally.

The city has contracted with Wilson, Morton & Downs of Decatur to handle the investigation, which could take up to six weeks. A report will be made public once the investigation is complete.

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