Fired sheriff's deputy fights to be
Athens Banner-Herald, Georgia/January 30, 2007
By Joe Johnson
An ex-Clarke County sheriff's deputy spent hours Monday
grilling former superiors, colleagues and others in a bid to win
back his job after he was fired for practicing a black supremacist
cult's beliefs at the jail.
William York is one of four deputies who were fired in November
after an internal sheriff's investigation concluded they
compromised security at the jail by recruiting prisoners into the
United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors.
The three other former deputies also have appealed, and more
hearings will be held through March.
A fifth deputy affiliated with the Nuwaubians resigned after
the jail probe.
The first deputy to appeal was York, who changed his last name
from Walker after he resigned in 2004 from the Macon Police
Department to protest that the department wouldn't investigate
Nuwaubians' claims that their leader was innocent.
York and the other fired deputies followed Dwight "Malachi"
York, the Nuwaubian's leader who is serving a 135-year federal
prison sentence on child molestation, racketeering, money
laundering and other charges.
William York could have hired an attorney to argue that he be
reinstated, but instead he chose to represent himself, according
to Athens attorney Dean Clark, who York subpoenaed.
Clark would not say what questions York asked him during the
hearing at the Athens-Clarke County Department of Human Resources
on Satula Avenue.
York gave one of Clark's clients Nuwaubian literature while the
man was a prisoner at the Clarke County Jail, Clark has said
Other people called to testify at the appeals hearings included
Jail Commander Jack Mitchell and Chief Deputy Sheriff Gene Mays,
according to Clark.
The hearing, which started at 9 a.m., may continue today,
according to the sheriff's spokesman, Capt. Eric Pozen.
"We don't know for sure if it's continued or not for (today),
but that appears to be the case," he said.
Even if York's hearing lasted only one day, the administrative
hearing officer - who acts as a judge - doesn't usually issue a
decision the same day as the hearing, Pozen said.
York, Rena Jennings, Anthony Montgomery and Bobby Dixon all
were fired after the sheriff's investigation concluded they
jeopardized safety and security at the jail by, among other
things, encouraging inmates to rebel against white deputies and
not give black deputies any problems.
The deputies also violated policy by distributing Nuwaubian
literature to inmates and trying to recruit inmates into their
sect, according to an Aug. 17 report by the sheriff's office
Internal Investigations Unit.
Montgomery's appeal hearing is scheduled for Feb. 19, Dixon's
for March 5 and Jennings' for March 19.
A fifth deputy, Leon Adams, did not appeal; he was allowed to
resign in lieu of termination.