Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker has been arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge for an alleged domestic incident with his wife.
Bodker – the only mayor the city of 85,000 residents has known – was booked into the Fulton County Jail on Monday, according to jail records.
The incident allegedly happened Sunday morning when the 54-year-old Bodker was dropping off their child at the couple’s home in the Estates at Wellington subdivision, according to a Johns Creek police report.
Bodker and his wife are getting divorced, and his wife told police that she always records Bodker returning the child.
She showed the video she recorded to police, who said that the clip showed Bodker becoming angry with his wife for filming him. The phone gets knocked over and she says “don’t touch me,” to which he responds, “don’t ever shove that into my face,” according to the report.
Police wrote that Bodker told officers he “put his hand on her wrist to push her arm and camera from being so close to his face.” He told police that she tries to get a reaction out of him by recording the exchange. He was taken to the Alpharetta jail.
Bodker spoke with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by phone on Monday after being released on a $1,000 bond.
“I’d love to comment on the events of the last 24 hours, but all I can say is that it was a domestic incident at my family home in the midst of a divorce. I can’t comment any further on the incident as it is a pending matter,” Bodker said. His wife could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.
Bodker’s status as mayor wasn’t immediately clear Monday, but he said that he planned to go to the City Council meeting later Monday night.
He was elected as the first mayor of the new city on Nov. 7, 2006. He is currently serving his fourth term. His tenure hasn’t been without drama.
He was under investigation for allegedly leaking information from closed City Council executive sessions and has been accused of unethical conduct when he rented a townhome from a developer/campaign contributor then voting favorably on his zoning request.
“I will vigorously be defending myself,” Bodker said of the criminal charge.
No upcoming court date for the case was listed online.
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