WAXHAW, NC – Matthew Slover is a Deputy Sheriff with the Union County Sheriff’s Office. He has been with the sheriff’s office for the past three and a half years and prior to that began his police career in Matthews. Deputy Slover spoke highly of working for the Union County Sheriff’s Office saying that he likes the freedom of working for them and the affable working environment in which they have established. They are very trusting of your discretion and you do not feel like you are being micromanaged.
Matthew never initially had interest in being a law enforcement officer. Going to high school in Texas, he was involved with Future Farmers of America (FFA), 4-H, and agriculture. These interests sparked the intentions of going to vet school but unfortunately did not have the grades to support it. Instead he honored the country by going into the military. After his service in the military he found himself unsure of his next career move. He was guided by a friend to work with a company that trained K-9s for the military. This pathway led him to police work and he gained the opportunity to become a K-9 handler.
When asked what made him choose this position with the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Matthew was candid stating that he has been offered other good opportunities for the state but while they did have better pay, they did not have the great equipment, the family atmosphere or the working freedom offered at UCSO.
Deputy Slover obtained certifications as a K-9 handler as well accreditations in highway driving school as well as DWI and Traffic Investigations. He also has several specialities from his time served during the military.
When asked about his favorite foods, Matthew was certain that his favorite food was Italian but also enjoys steak because he does not like chicken. Some of his hobbies include camping, off-roading with his Jeep, and competitive shooting. With such a love for the outdoors, it is no surprise that his favorite spots to vacation are out west in the mountains of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.
If not involved in law enforcement, Deputy Slover said he would love to be a preacher. This stems from his time after leaving the military when he did not know what to do or where to go. He had to look for a sign and in order to find the sign he had to “shut up and listen” as he shared.
Deputy Matthew Slover’s community tip – Follow the golden rule and treat others as you would like to be treated. This also follows along with respect and love one another.