Hearing postponed for ex-Clayton chaplain who called Victor Hill “evil”  

11:07 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018 Georgia Politics and Government
A hearing for a former Clayton County Sheriff's Office chaplain who called Sheriff Victor Hill an "evil man" with an "evil agenda" was postponed Thursday.

A hearing for a former Clayton County Sheriff’s Office chaplain charged with illegally using a department computer to criticize Sheriff Victor Hill was postponed Thursday.

Rodney Williams, the former chaplain, and his attorney Brad Moody showed up at Clayton Magistrate Court early Thursday morning for the proceeding, only to be told it had been postponed. Williams said he was not given a new date.

“I’m a little disappointed,” Williams said. “I was ready to get this over with. It kind of puts a hold on your life.”

Williams is facing computer trespass charges after calling Hill an “evil man” with an “evil agenda” in an email the chaplain sent to sheriff’s office staff shortly after he was fired in early February.

Williams said he was let go because he refused to follow a directive from Hill that chaplains become deputies. Williams argued that it would be hard for someone to see him as a chaplain “when I got a gun pointed at them.” 

Williams also said he clashed with Hill over an order to promote the department’s Nixle emergency management system -- which some critics say the sheriff is using as a campaign tool -- and for watching an Atlanta Falcons game while on duty, though Williams contends he still got his work done.