The council did not even vote on the matter as no other members would second Stewart’s motion.
Stewart, who was absent from the June 17 meeting when council voted to launch the investigation, told Councilman Randall Johnson she had no idea why council is even doing an investigation.
“I question timing of everything,” she said. “I have not had one person come to me with any kind of allegation, question or statement, and since I have been on this council, I have not seen anything that has brought [Bodker’s] actions into question.”
Johnson told Stewart allegations against the mayor had been brought forth by citizens, members of the business community and city staff.
“I felt it was my obligation to bring [the allegations] forward,” he said. “I’m not going to sweep something like this under the rug.”
Johnson added, “If [Bodker] didn’t do anything wrong — great. I think that’s wonderful. But then bring the information forward. I don’t know why he’s not bringing the information.”
Though Johnson implied some allegations had been brought directly to him, he did not disclose the individuals who made them when asked by Stewart.
Bodker recused himself Monday from all discussion related to the ongoing investigation but said the next morning that he felt the investigation is a run around the city’s ethics ordinance.
“Our ethics ordinance has a specific prohibition against the pursuit of ethics filings from the time that qualifying starts until the election is certified,” he said. “The reason for that is to prevent an ethics filing from being used as a weapon during a political campaign.”
However, when asked if he would like the investigation to be suspended until after the elections, Bodker said he did not.
“I want to see them actually be proven wrong for not only launching the investigation but for the entire way that this thing has been gone about,” he said.
The municipal elections will be held Nov. 5. Former councilwoman and mayor pro tem Bev Miller is running against Bodker for mayor.