“This is the first I can remember,” said Church, who has handled many dismissal cases.
Church has worked at the jail for 25 years, including three years as superintendent.
Major, who would not comment on the Nelson case, said it’s the first reinstatement request in his 17 years in office. The personnel committee would make the final decision on whether Keith Nelson is reinstated, he said.
The hearing was tentatively set for Nov. 22, but is being rescheduled.
Anne Marie Nelson was arrested shortly after her indictment, but then released. Her trial has not been scheduled.
She had worked at the jail for 12 years, handling payroll, before being suspected of theft. The case shocked co-workers.
“It was devastating, quite frankly,” Church said yesterday. “We worked very closely together.”
Anne Marie Nelson faces a potential seven and a half to 15 years in state prison and a $4,000 fine if convicted on each felony charge.