Deputy reinstated after being fired for
ties to Nuwaubians
The Associated Press/April 18, 2007
Athens, Georgia -- A deputy who had been fired because of ties
to the Nuwaubian religious sect has been allowed to return to work
after a personnel hearing officer overturned the sheriff's
decision to fire him.
Deputy Bobby Dixon returned to his job at the Clarke County
Jail last week, officials said.
Dixon was one of four deputies who were fired in November after
an investigation found they violated jail policies and conduct
codes through on-the-job activities connected with the United
Nuwaubian Nation of Moors.
The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Nuwaubians as a
black hate group. The leader of the group, Dwight "Malachi" York,
is serving a 135-year federal prison sentence after being
convicted in 2004 of racketeering, money laundering and having sex
with the children of his followers.
The fired deputies were accused of recruiting jail inmates into
the religious sect and urging prisoners to rebel against white
Dixon successfully appealed to be reinstated during a March 5
hearing before Athens-Clarke County Personnel Hearing Officer
The sheriff's office fired Dixon because he failed to remove a
sign from an inmate's cell that had to do with the inmate's
Nuwaubian beliefs. Galis ruled that a superior officer could have
taken action against Dixon but did not.
Galis ruled March 23 that although Dixon violated two jail
policies, he should be disciplined, not fired.
County Human Resources Director Harry Owens said Dixon served a
10-day suspension without pay and was allowed to return to work
Despite reinstating Dixon, Galis upheld the decision to fire
two other deputies.
Galis upheld one deputy's termination, finding that William
York tried to manipulate a polygraph test and could not be reached
while on paid administrative leave.
The hearing officer also upheld the firing of Anthony
Montgomery, saying he flagrantly disregarded jail policy by
writing to Dwight York.
A fourth former deputy has an appeal hearing scheduled for June