Jailer now must wait to appeal her
Athens Banner-Herald, Georgia/June 13, 2007
By Joe Johnson
One of four Clarke County Sheriff's Office jailers fired in
November because their alleged black-supremacist activities
undermined jail security will have to wait until later this summer
to see if she can win back her job.
Rena Jennings was scheduled to make her case before a county
personnel hearing officer Tuesday, but the hearing was postponed
because the hearing officer wasn't available, according to the
Athens-Clarke Department of Human Resources.
The hearing hadn't been rescheduled, and the earliest it likely
will be held would be sometime in August, a department spokeswoman
Jennings is a purported member of the United Nuwaubian Nation
of Moors, a sect headed by Dwight "Malachi" York, who is serving a
135-year federal prison sentence after a jury convicted him in
2004 of racketeering, money laundering, and multiple child
The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Nuwaubians as a
"black separatist" hate group.
York had a mansion in Athens and his followers lived in a
sprawling compound in Eatonton where, according to the law center,
"York told his followers they were building a sovereign nation
where they would be free from the influence of white 'devils.' "
York sexually molested children of his followers both in Athens
and at the Putnam County compound, federal prosecutors said.
Sheriff's officials identified five deputies as York's
followers, and after an investigation determined the deputies
threatened jail security because, among other things, they urged
black inmates to rebel against white deputies.
The Nuwaubian deputies also allegedly recruited inmates into
the cult, and one wrote to York at the maximum-security prison in
Colorado prison where York is housed, telling the cult leader he
was "fighting" for York's freedom.
One of the deputies was allowed to resign, but four were fired.
Three deputies already have appealed, and Personnel Hearing
Officer Denny Galis upheld two of the firings.
He ordered the sheriff's office to reinstate Deputy Bobby Dixon
- who Galis said deserved discipline but not termination for
violating jail policies.
Dixon returned to work at the jail in April.