The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to publicly reprimand colleague Tommy Hunter.
The decision followed the recommendation of the county’s first-ever ethics board, which voted earlier this month to sustain the ethics complaint against Hunter, who has been under fire since calling civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis a “racist pig” on Facebook.
A public reprimand was the stiffest possible penalty available under Gwinnett’s ethics ordinance. It will involve posting a written rebuke on the county’s website, on the wall of the courthouse and in the local newspaper.
The complaint was filed Feb. 6 by Atlanta woman Nancie Turner. It argued that Hunter’s social media activity — which also included calling Democrats “Demonrats” and “libtards” — violated several tenets of the county’s 2011 ethics ordinance.
Hunter did not attend Tuesday night’s meeting, which included a public hearing. Anti-Hunter protesters spoke for the full hour allotted to them.
No one spoke in support of Hunter.
Video from previous ethics board hearing: