Dunwoody’s ethics board is recommending an ethics complaint against City Councilwoman Adrian Bonser be dismissed.

The board on Sept. 12 unanimously accepted and forwarded to City Council a report by ethics Hearing Officer Dennis T. Still that found the complaint, filed by resident Stephen Chipka, “does not have any credible evidence that there has been a violation of the Ethics Ordinances of the city of Dunwoody.”

Still also recommend that Chipka be publicly reprimanded by city officials “as a result of his unfounded, frivolous, or politically motivated complaints against Councilwoman Adrian Bonser.”

Adrian Bonser
Adrian Bonser

Still called the evidence and complaint presented by Chipka “frivolous, unjustified, derogatory, disrespectful and condescending, all of which results in unfounded and unsupported allegations of ethical misconduct.” Still said the complaint “was brought merely to satisfy [Chipka’s] own personal interest and to be a nuisance to Councilmember Bonser.”

In a complaint filed May 21, Chipka accused Bonser of failing to investigate Chipka’s claims of corruption and cover-up in the city’s police department. His complaints arose from his interaction with police during a traffic incident.

“It’s a vindication for me,” Bonser said after the hearing at Dunwoody City Hall ended.

Chipka attended the hearing, but left shortly after the vote.

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