(OBSERVER-REPORTER) — A Washington councilman was reprimanded by the mayor Monday night for calling a friend gay while sending out an email testing a citywide alert system.

During Monday’s City Council agenda meeting, Mayor Brenda Davis asked Councilman Matt Staniszewski why he sent out a test alert of the city’s transit system using what she deemed an unprofessional remark.

The email read “Alert: This is an test. Brian is gay.”

“This is inappropriate for the city of Washington,” she said, noting an individual who had signed up to receive such alerts was offended and contacted the city.

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