Published 8:17 pm Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Editor, Smithfield Times
I have been following the local Sheriff’s race on social media as well as in the local paper, which leads me to ask a few questions. Mr. Stephenson states that he has a background in finance. If so, then how can he continue to work and collect disability for almost a year and claim not to know about it, or not to know exactly how much he had to reimburse the state? Did he pay the funds back in a lump sum payment or did he make monthly installment payments? How was he able to run a financial firm for all those years while collecting full disability?
I also observed that he has published the wrong budget numbers accusing the current Sheriff of overspending his budget by almost a million dollars, only to find out that Mr. Stephenson’s figures are erroneous. According to county staff, over $75,000 has been returned to the county budget the past three years.
Mr. Stephenson keeps having to check his numbers. I would also like Mr. Stephenson to answer why he no longer works for the Sheriff’s Office. As a potential elected official I believe he should come clean with these issues.
I’m retired military and reside in the Carrollton area. I say “if it’s not broke, then don’t try to fix it.” I see a deputy patrolling in front of my home daily. While I have only lived here for two years, I feel safe in my neighborhood and I’m proud to call Carrollton my home. Re-elect Sheriff Marshall.