Former Beaufort County administrator John Kachmar involved in Ga. altercation

zmurdock@beaufortgazette.comOctober 16, 2013 

Former Beaufort County administrator John Kachmar is being called on to resign after an altercation following a city council meeting last week in Johns Creek, Ga.

Kachmar, now the Johns Creek city manager, is accused of shouting at a woman and shouting profanities and insults at a man outside Johns Creek City Hall on Oct. 7, according to a police report.

The Johns Creek Police Department is investigating the incident, but no charges have been filed, said Doug Nurse, police spokesman.

On Tuesday, Mayor Mike Bodker joined council member Kelly Stewart in calling for Kachmar's resignation, according to a news release.

But some city council members think the mayor is just playing politics to try to deflect attention from an ethics investigation focusing on him, Councilman Randall Johnson said Tuesday in a news release. Asking for Kachmar's resignation is a way to bully him from testifying in the investigation, the release said.

Johnson and three other council members are not seeking Kachmar's resignation, according to the release.

In June, the council voted to hire an outside firm to investigate Bodker for violating the city charter, council minutes say.

Kachmar served as Beaufort County administrator from 1999 until 2003. He resigned after County Council members learned he was involved in several traffic violations, including driving without a South Carolina license and driving with a suspended license. He also was under a bench warrant for an unpaid speeding ticket in Georgia.

In 2001, Kachmar was acquitted on charges that he assaulted a 14-year-old boy at a Lady's Island movie theater.

After several years as a financial consultant, Kachmar became Johns Creek city manager in 2007, according to the city's website. He was joined by Beaufort County's then-deputy administrator Buz Boehm, who worked with Kachmar during his tenure in Beaufort County. Boehm now serves as Johns Creek's deputy city manager.


Document: The incident report

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