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Bodker investigation continues, could go until November
by Nicole Dow
August 28, 2013 01:13 PM | 2013 views | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker filed his qualifying paperwork Monday despite being the center of an investigation launched by City Council.

“I qualified at 8:30 [Monday] morning,” Bodker said. “I have every intention of seeking and succeeding in my re-election regardless of who might be opposing me.”

Councilman Randall Johnson said he originally thought the investigation would have concluded at the end of August.

“[Council members] were hopeful that it’d be done by now because what we had in mind were just a couple instances that we wanted to confirm and verify. Well, [the investigators have] uncovered more,” he said.

Johnson said he guesses the investigation could wrap up anytime between now and the first of November. Municipal elections will be Nov. 5.

He said he doesn’t view the investigation as political.

“If I would have [launched the investigation] last year, then [people would say] there’s an election coming up,” he said. “There’s always an election coming up. [Bodker] did something egregious, and I said enough is enough.”

Though he did not want to name the situation which brought him to the breaking point, Johnson disclosed some of the unsubstantiated allegations against Bodker include that he directed staff and police in violation of the charter, he bullied or threatened staff and their jobs, and he received benefits outside those stated in the charter.

Bodker said he will respond to any charges against him once investigators release their report.

“Until then, I’m treating this no different than … hearsay,” he said. “Have I done anything? The answer is absolutely no.”

Bodker said he views the investigation as a political “witch hunt” and expects he could face opposition in the race for mayor.

Johns Creek Mayor Pro Tem Bev Miller filed her qualifying paperwork Tuesday to run against Bodker in November's municipal election.

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