Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker is under investigation for allegedly leaking information from closed City Council sessions. The City Council voted this week to hire an outside law firm to look into the mayor’s conduct over the past several years relating to sharing privileged information discussed in executive sessions.
Bodker, the city’s first and only mayor since incorporation in 2006, said the investigation is politically motivated and a waste of taxpayer money. Bodker is up for re-election this fall. He has never been opposed for the seat.
Rumblings of an investigation began in March when Councilman Randall Johnson passed a measure to hire an outside attorney to study state and city laws concerning leaked information from closed sessions. The city paid $4,000 for that report.
If found in violation, the mayor could be removed from office by a vote of five of the six City Council members.
Monday’s vote for the investigation was 5-0, with Councilwoman Kelly Stewart absent. Stewart was the only council member to question the initial probe last March and could not be reached Wednesday.
Bodker said he thinks the conflict arises from the natural tension that occurs between the executive and the legislative branch.
“But it gets magnified by the fact that I’m a very forward-thinking, go-getting, strong-personality mayor,” he said. “I think that’s what the citizens wanted in electing and re-electing me.”