Ga. health department reviewing leadership choice

ATLANTA (AP) — The state Department of Public Health is reviewing its decision to hire a regional director who's been linked to sermons criticizing people based on religion and sexual orientation.

Former Pasadena, California public health director Eric Walsh was offered a leadership position in north Georgia after being put on administrative leave in California earlier this month. Videos of Walsh, who is also a pastor, surfaced online and featured him blasting homosexuals and people from other religious backgrounds.

Department of Public Health spokesman Ryan Deal tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Walsh was sent an offer letter, but the offer hinges on a background check — which may include videos of the sermons.

Walsh has apologized in a statement, but activists are calling for the department to appoint someone else to the position.

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