County sheriff candidate fired by Centerton police
Matthew Dunham, one of five candidates running for Carroll County sheriff in the May 24 Republican preferential primary, was fired last week from his job with the Centerton Police Department.
In a post to his campaign’s Facebook page, Dunham said he was fired on Tuesday, April 19.
“I want to take a moment and let everyone know, on the 19th of this month I was terminated from the Centerton Police Department,” Dunham’s Facebook post says.
“The reasoning for my termination was for driving my patrol car to and from work while living outside of the take home limit.
“My personal vehicle broke down. My wife and I only have one other vehicle besides mine. I did not want to leave her and our 6 kids without transportation while I was at work.
“I chose to drive my patrol car to and from work while my personal vehicle is in the shop being worked on.
“When my command staff asked me about it, I did not offer any excuses, I did not try to justify my actions, I told the truth and I have accepted the consequences of my actions.”
Dunham did not respond to a Facebook message seeking further comment..Centerton police chief Cody Harper did not respond to an email message.