Kemp suspended Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill after a commission found Hill’s indictment adversely affects the administration of the sheriff’s office, according to an executive order released from Kemp’s office.
Hill pleaded not guilty and was released on signature bond, according to his attorneys.
“Today, I have been placed on suspension until I am exonerated in court,” Hill said.
“I am very honored to have the outpour of support I have received and I thank you all for it,” he said. “I will take this time to train and meditate so that when I return, any ground loss will be regained. Until then may GOD bless you all, and may he continue to bless Clayton County.”
In Wednesday’s order, Kemp said he appointed members in May to a review commission to determine whether the indictment “relates to and adversely affects the administration of the office of Clayton County Sheriff such that the rights and interests of the public are adversely affected.”
The commission’s report, published Tuesday, recommended Hill be suspended from office. Kemp’s executive order suspends Hill “without further action pending the final disposition of the case or until the expiration of his term of office.”
CNN has reached out to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.
Hill was first elected as Clayton County sheriff in 2004 and lost a reelection bid four years later. He won in 2012 to return to the position and most recently was reelected last year as an unopposed candidate.
CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Natasha Chen and Jennifer Henderson contributed to this report.