Centre staffer wants to be Danville police officer

November 02, 2003

Centre grounds crew employee Matthew Murrell can often be seen navigating a lawn mower around campus. Someday soon, however, Murrell may be seen cruising the streets of Danville in a police cruiser.

Murrell, 20, of Liberty, is pursuing a career in law enforcement while working full-time as a member of Centre's grounds crew, where he's been employed for more than a year.

Murrell is the youngest of six and graduated from Casey County High School in 2001. One of his older brothers is a police officer in Louisiana.

Murrell plans to follow in his brother's footsteps. He'd like to work with the Danville Police Department and eventually the state police. Murrell wants to get illegal drugs off the streets.


"I think there are too many drugs out there," he said. "I had cousin who died of a drug overdose."

Murrell says one of the hardest things about working full-time and going to school is time management.

"I work full-time during the week and focus on school on the weekends," he said.

Murrell also says that working on Centre's campus helps motivate him in the classroom.

"I enjoy the yard work but I don't want to do it for the rest of my life," he said. "And being in a college atmosphere, you have people encouraging you."

Ed Sullivan, assistant director of grounds at Centre, is pleased with Murrell's work and his career aspirations.

"Matthew is a very good employee and does his job well," Sullivan said. "I think he'd be very good at whatever career goal he has, and if it's with the state police, he'd be an asset to them as well. He's very smart and capable."

Murrell is only a few classes shy of completing his associate's degree in criminal justice from Somerset Community College. So "Matt the Mower," as he has been nicknamed, may soon be called "Officer Murrell."

He is the son of Roger and Donna Murrell of Liberty.

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