Fired deputy denied
Former jailer loses bid to get job back
Athens Banner-Herald/February 9, 2007
By Todd DeFeo
A Clarke County sheriff's deputy who was fired after
investigators learned he was recruiting prisoners into a black
supremacist cult will not be reinstated, a personnel hearing
But the hearing officer upheld the sheriff's decision to fire
William York based on job failures unrelated to the former
jailer's ties to the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors.
York tried to manipulate a polygraph test and could not be
contacted while on administrative leave, according to a two-page
decision handed down by Denny Galis, a personnel hearing officer
for the county.
York and four other deputies with suspected Nuwaubian ties were
placed on administrative leave last summer; four were fired in
November and the fifth was allowed to resign.
York and three other deputies appealed their firings following
a sheriff's department internal investigation determined that
their Nuwaubian involvement led them to break policies at the
Clarke County Jail.
Evidence that York was connected to "possible Nuwaubian
activities was inconclusive at best and did not play a role in my
decision," Galis said in the decision.
York tried to alter the results of a polygraph given during the
internal investigation test by "controlling breath," which caused
the results to be inconclusive. The former deputy continued to
control his breath even after the polygraph examiner asked him to
stop, according to the internal investigation.
Galis said a GBI polygraph examiner's testimony that York tried
to manipulate the examination was "very credible."
York also "was not reachable as required while he was on
administrative leave with pay," Galis said.
York declined to explain why he didn't return a message from
his employer, according to Galis' decision, which Athens-Clarke
County released Friday, after officials informed York.
The internal investigation completed last year concluded, in
part, that the fired deputies undermined jail security by
recruiting prisoners into their sect and urging inmates to rebel
against white deputies.
According to the sheriff's probe, York and the other fired
deputies - Rena Jennings, Anthony Montgomery and Bobby Dixon -
followed the teachings of Nuwaubian leader Dwight "Malachi" York.
The leader is serving a 135-year federal prison sentence on child
molestation, racketeering, money laundering and other charges.
In addition to urging black inmates to give white deputies a
hard time and not give black jailers any problems, the internal
investigation concluded the fired deputies also violated policy by
distributing Nuwaubian literature to inmates and trying to recruit
inmates into their sect.
Some Nuwaubian deputies were upset by inmates who made fun of
the group and its leader, the investigation found.
During a Jan. 29 appeals hearing, York cross-examined former
superior officers, colleagues and others. The former deputy could
have had an attorney, but chose to represent himself, officials
A fifth deputy affiliated with the Nuwaubians, Leon Adams, did
not appeal, as he was allowed to resign in lieu of termination.