Former Jail Chief Pleads Guilty to Harassment Charges
FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – Former Chief Jail administrator Mich Dendy has entered a guilty plea on harassment charges in a DeKalb County court.
Dendy pleaded guilty to one count on each of three victims and received a sentence of 30 days in jail and a $100 fine on each count, plus court costs. The sentences will run consecutively, but were suspended for 24 months.
Sheriff Jimmy Harris stated that the victims are all satisfied with the results of the plea agreement and are looking forward to moving on with their lives.
DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris terminated Dendy’s employment in April of 2012 after the allegations surfaced earlier this year.
Harris said he fired the jail administrator, who also served as an investigator for the sheriff’s department, for “repeated violations pertaining to the jail policy regarding sexual misconduct, improprieties and harassment.”
Dendy subsequently left his position with Sylvania town government less than a week later.
He became mayor in 2008 after several years on the town council, a part-time position he held along side his job as chief jail administrator.
The town clerk found a handwritten note from Dendy dated April 30, 2012 which said “I resign my position as mayor of the town of Sylvania.”