A high-ranking member of the Aryan Nations has been living in the Lake Josephine area south of Sebring for more than a year. August Kreis III has been named national director, which officially moves the group’s headquarters to Highlands County.
The move was spurred by the resignation Thursday of the previous national director, Charles Juba, in Kansas City, Mo. Kreis said Juba resigned after intense media exposure directed at white supremacy groups since the slaying of two family members of a federal judge in Chicago.
The husband and mother of U.S. District Court Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow were slain execution-style by a .22-caliber handgun, according to news reports. Matthew Hale, the leader of the prominent white supremacist group World Church of the Creator, has been convicted of threatening the life of Lefkow after she ruled against him in a legal case.
Kreis said he doesn’t like the Sebring area and plans to leave soon.