JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek City Council quashed a proposed change to the city ethics code that would allow a member of a city board or commission to address council or speak out on issues not before that board or commission.
The major reason for not bringing it forward appeared to be that it was brought forward by Steve Broadbent, chairman of the Johns Creek Planning Commission, who is also a supporter of Mayor Mike Bodker’s re-election and had once run for a City Council seat.
The item was brought forward by Councilwoman Kelly Stewart at the Aug. 5 work session. She said she supported Broadbent’s desire to be allowed to speak to council as any other citizen of Johns Creek would be allowed to do.
“The way the ethics ordinance reads now, it prohibits any citizen sitting on a Johns Creek board or commission from speaking out on issues to the council that that normally would not come before them in their official capacity,” said Stewart.