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Complaint Against Dunwoody Councilwoman Bonser Found Not Credible

The complaint against Bonser grew out of a Feb. 2011 arrest of Stephen Chipka, who brought the ethics complaint against her.

The Dunwoody Ethics Board agreed with Hearing Officer Dennis Still’s findings, Thursday, in a complaint against Coucilwoman Adrian Bonser, and voted to recommend to City Council that an ethics complaint be dismissed.

Still’s report called the complaint by Stephen Chipka, “…Frivolous, unjustified, derogatory, disrespectful [and] condescending…”

The complaint against Bonser grew out of the Feb. 2011 arrest of Chipka for aggressive driving, and accused her of  “failing to investigate allegations of corruption and cover-ups within the City of Dunwoody Police Department.” The complaint also said Bonser abandoned her responsibilities to constituents in her district. 

Chipka challenged the validity of the arrest and eventually contacted Bonser. In June, the Ethics Board found that she violated the ethics code by sending a discourteous email to Chipka, but City Council dismissed that complaint. 

On Thursday, Bonser said of the most recent complaint, “Because this was frivolous, it never should have moved forward.”

She added, “[Mayor] Mike Davis accused me of responding to Mr. Chipka but he contacted me when I was in New Zealand. I didn’t know who he was. I’m his City Council representative in District 2.  I responded to him like I’d respond to any other constituent. And I wasn’t made aware of the whole situation until he started sending me volumes of emails while I was still in New Zealand.” 

Chipka left the Ethics Board meeting following the vote.

Still’s report recommended the Mayor and City Council issue a public reprimand against Chipka and require him to bear costs of the complaint. 

A previous version of this story misspelled the Councilwoman's last name and mentioned emails instead of a single email. We regret the error. 

Louis Fasullo September 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM
I have filed a misconduct, in Illinois, and it seems the broad does not want to sancation the judge but wants attention from posting to get some kind of prosecution
Adrian September 15, 2013 at 10:21 PM
For the record, I did not send a discourteous e-mail to Mr. Chipka. The two Ethics Board Members who voted to say that I did were both, appointed by Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis. Two other members of the Board voted "nay." The vote was a tie. The Council dismissed the charge. Councilwoman Dr. Adrian Bonser
Capital September 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM
I thought the ethics board members were all appointed by the Mayor and approved by council? Elected official to constituent, "I won’t take any more emails from you, even if your house is on fire”...that's rude in anyone's book. p.s. Your New Zealand vacation is irrelevant in all of your statements.

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