Mayor Mike Bodker of Johns Creek
JOHNS CREEK, Ga -- An investigation into the Mayor of Johns Creek is in its fourth month, and has, so far, cost taxpayers at least $36,000.
Mayor Mike Bodker questions why the council members behind the investigation haven't filed a formal ethics complaint.
"They've not shown I've done one thing wrong," said Bodker.
Councilman Randall Johnson says the Mayor is driving up the cost by not surrendering documents that could conclude the investigation.
"By dragging it out as much as possible, he has caused the cost to go up," said Johnson.
Bodker showed 11Alive's Jerry Carnes some of the banking information a special investigator has requested. Bodker insists the documents would help clear his name, but he will fight tooth and nail to keep it from the investigator.
"This is costing taxpayers money, and you could end it by turning this over," Carnes pointed out.
"No, I can't because they'll ask for the next thing, then the next thing," Bodker responded.
Some members of city council claim they've heard repeated allegations of misconduct and unethical behavior on the part of Mayor Bodker. Among the allegations, that the Mayor used his position to get his rent reduced on an apartment.
Johnson claims he's turned information over to the special investigator. Carnes asked why he hadn't filed a formal complaint.
"I wanted to find out the truth," answered Johnson. "Not just file something based on what I've heard."
The special investigator billed the city of Johns Creek $36,000 for work done in June and July. The city hasn't received the bill yet for August or September.
Bodker's records show he did get a slight rent reduction on one apartment, but he insists he didn't negotiate it, nor did it have anything to do with his job as Mayor.
"I would turn it over if they can show me why it's relevant," said Bodker about the documents. "It's no different than they would have to do in court."
City council members voted to subpoena Bodker's personal information. The Mayor has vowed to fight it in court.
When pressed about filing a formal ethics charge, Councilman Johnson answered, "It's not what we decided to do."
Earlier this week, Councilwoman Kelly Stewart moved to drop the investigation, but her motion died from lack of support from the rest of council.