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Kelly Stewart responds to Bodker investigation report
October 23, 2013 11:19 AM | 1387 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Below is a statement released to the media by Johns Creek City Councilwoman Kelly Stewart regarding the preliminary findings of the city's investigation into Mayor Mike Bodker.

I do not believe the investigation of Mayor Bodker has followed the rule of law. Rather, this investigation has been conducted outside the parameters of the City Charter. At best, this investigation is questionable and the timing is more than suspicious given the fact the Mayor is campaigning for re-election.

The Charter does allow for investigations but it’s into the City’s affairs, boards, commissions, and departments. The Ethics Ordinance is the instrument to be used where one can file complaints against the Mayor, Members of Council, and those in appointed positions but the Ethics Ordinance doesn’t allow for complaints against an individual once they have qualified to run for office. The Ethics Ordinance also states that alleged events must have occurred within one year of filing the complaint.

All of the alleged events except one are well over one year old. The event that is less than one year old is a very serious public safety matter concerning the need for a traffic light at Brumbelow and Nesbit Ferry roads in which the Mayor was trying to do everything he could to amicably solve this for the citizens of Johns Creek.

The City Council chose to side-step the Ethics Ordinance in order to have the opportunity to discredit the Mayor, cast a dark shadow over his many years of service to Johns Creek, and assassinate his character all for the political gain of former council member, Bev Miller, who is running for Mayor.

If one take’s a moment to consider the character and credibility of the council who won’t follow our charter and have chosen to investigate the Mayor, they will find:

A council member who has four ethics violations and unpaid fines

Another council member who has two ethics violations and unpaid fines

Another council member who is being investigated by law enforcement

A council member who pressured a private citizen to invest up to $50,000 in his trucking business

And council members who want to squash first amendment rights

If there were any legitimate, criminal activities committed by Mayor Bodker worthy of investigation, law enforcement agencies would have been involved. This investigation and report is politics at its worst.

Johns Creek’s brand, image, and reputation have been greatly harmed because of the politically, motivated actions of the Council.

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