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Johns Creek City Council responds to Mayor Mike Bodker's latest statements
September 25, 2013 03:29 PM | 2275 views | 4 4 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The following letter was sent Sept. 25 by Councilman Randall Johnson to members of the news media as a response to Mayor Mike Bodker's latest statements.

In response to recent public statements by Mike Bodker, the Johns Creek City Council sincerely asks the Johns Creek community to understand the following regarding Bodker’s investigation:

·The investigation is the inevitable result of repeated allegations against Bodker’s misconduct and unethical behavior, allegedly occurring as late as 2013 and as early as 2006. There is NO other reason.

· The Sept. 18 Special Called Meeting was necessary because the next regularly scheduled Council meeting (Sept. 23) had already been allocated to zoning cases. There would not have been enough time to discuss the investigation without putting undue limits on the work of both the public and Council.

·The investigating attorney’s request for Bodker’s personal cell phones are because he has used his personal cell phone for city business for the last 7 years, despite having a city cell phone at taxpayers’ expense.

·Bodker is accused of using his position to get reduced rent on apartments he rented for personal use. Therefore, how is it possible to investigate the charge without asking for his personal banking information?

·Bodker says he has the banking information, but refuses to turn it over to the investigator, even if it would clear up this particular allegation. Whatever the reason for this misguided decision, the costs associated with the subpoena should be laid directly at his feet.

·By “cross pollinating” his public and personal life to the extent he has, he has created the

very situation he now characterizes as an invasion of his privacy.

·Bodker has cleverly misled the media and this community, while delaying and/or refusing cooperation with the investigation. Unfortunately, by dragging it out as much as possible, he has caused the cost to go up as he continues to stonewall each day as we get closer to the election.

“We had two choices: to sweep these allegations under the rug; or to have each allegation independently investigated in order to find the truth,” said Councilman Randall Johnson. “We did not take the step of hiring an independent legal investigator lightly. We are taxpayers, too.”

Councilwoman Karen Richardson added, “We earnestly ask our community to carefully discern what they’re hearing from Bodker, and continue to be patient. As soon as Bodker starts truly cooperating, the attorney can issue his report, and we can once again provide the honest representation our community deserves.”



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Ma and Pa
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October 04, 2013
Shame on mayor Bodker.

He has had his chance to come clean but is choosing to defy the city council.

I don't trust a mayor that is hiding something.
News Guy
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September 27, 2013
The City council should be ashamed of their behavior. Johns Creek residents have to pay the tab for the poor decisions of the council in more ways than just the dollars….. It’s obvious that the council has taken sides and there is only one beneficiary of their actions. Those who are truly following this know the deal. The timing is impeccable. Small town politics creating drama like the big boys in Washington… there’s always something said or done that pisses someone off to the extent that they will do everything and anything in their power to destroy their rivals... That’s what’s happening folks. Those who lose in this game are the johns creek residents..“To think that this new city could have been an example of a better system”.. Word on the street is that the smear tactics won’t go as far as they hoped... There are a lot of smart people in JC who can see right through this stuff… to them it’s sad but in some ways entertaining.
Good wife and mom
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September 26, 2013
Good. Finally some of the accusations and charges are coming out.

Get the subpoenas going, compile the data, and let's get on with trial and move on to other matters.
Ma and Pa
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October 09, 2013
@ News Guy: Ashamed at taking care to protect the residents of Johns Creek from unethical and possibly illegal matters? I for one, praise the city council for not ignoring misconduct issues.

Mayor Bodker made his own bed, now let him lie in it!

There have been too many unlawful dealing in this state.

There have been charges against Atlanta school board, Marta officials, policemen, police departments, the governor, etc., etc.

Let the honest politicians remain and rid our city of the dishonest ones.
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