Former Jail Chief Charged With Harassment

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) - DeKalb County deputies arrested the former chief administrator of the DeKalb County Jail.

Mitchell Dendy is charged with nine counts of harassment against three victims, and was arrested Thursday in Sylvania and booked into jail.

He posted bond late Thursday afternoon.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris terminated Dendy's employment in April 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.

The town clerk found a handwritten note from Dendy dated April 30, which said "I resign my position as mayor of the town of Sylvania."

Sheriff Harris declined further comment Thursday, but said he intended to soon release additional information.