Mayor David Bentkowski Reacts Childishly to Seven Hills Newsletter Critical of City Hall

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Seven Hills Mayor David Bentkowski — The Bizarre Boy Mayor, as we like to call him — announced earlier this week that he's resigning from the 'burb's top post and taking a job as "labor relations officer 3" with the Ohio Lottery Commission. We think that's something akin to "frightened inmate number two," but we're not sure.

But Bentkowski's imminent departure hasn't deterred his usual array of childish antics, detailed extensively by Scene in the past. This time, the PD reports, when faced with a community newsletter that was critical of City Hall, he did the only logical thing a mayor would do: he grabbed his video camera, made thinly veiled legal threats, and went after those who he felt were responsible for the literature.

A little background: As you know from reading this week's cover story about Woodmere, small-town local politics, while at their heart, a bastion of for-the-people democracy where folks can go straight to those that make decisions and talk to them about what's affecting their lives, are also home to petty name-calling, embarrassing propaganda, and local officials whose egos are not in proportion to their power or status.

Everyone, it seems, has a newsletter — council members, mayors, detractors, concerned citizens. And while you don't hear much about them, they can be entertainingly irrational and inflammatory. They can also be a tool to criticize those in office. But sometimes it all devolves into something less than stately debate. Something more like 5th graders passing notes about each other in class, perhaps.

Now, back to Seven Hills. Mark Naymik reports that Seven Hills resident Tim Fraundorf, one of six behind the newsletter that so upset Bentkowski that he put down his Superman doll and went outside, was confronted by the Bizarre Boy Mayor with accusations that the pamphlet was libelous. Get-Bentkowski also contacted the other five authors.

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