Fired Flippin Police Chief Arrested on Theft Charge

Former Flippin Police Chief Dusty Smith has been arrested on a charge of theft of property, according to the electronic jail log of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

The log shows Smith, 38, was booked into the jail at 10:41 a.m. Monday morning. The log shows Smith is being held on a $5,000 bond.

As of 11:26 a.m. Monday morning, an affidavit detailing the charge was not electronically available.

Smith was fired Nov. 2 via text message, according to city attorney Sam Pasthing, who said an administrative assistant for the department, Nicole Moore, also was fired the same day via text message.

Pasthing said the reason, or reasons, the pair were fired remain under active investigation. The attorney confirmed an investigation is being conducted by the Arkansas State Police.

In May of last year, Smith was serving as chief when he was demoted as part of a settlement in a civil lawsuit claiming Smith, and other law enforcement officers, wrongfully arrested a man.

The city agreed to pay the man $20,000 to settle the case. The felony theft charge against the man was dropped after the case spent six months grinding through the judicial system.

Henry Campfield was hired to replace Smith as chief of the Flippin Police Department. Campfield is a veteran officer who has served with the Baxter County Sheriff's Office and the Mountain Home Police Department.

(shared by The Baxter Bulletin. For the original story, click here.)

 

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