Bigamy charge puts detective out of job

A local police officer has lost his job after being charged with bigamy.

Detective Darryl Howard is scheduled for a Dec. 4 court date. Police Chief Debra Duncan said at a news conference Tuesday night that Howard had been taken before a magistrate and released on $1,000 bond.

Duncan said Howard has a wife in Monroe, whom he married in 1986. Howard also has a wife in Charlotte, whom he married without getting a divorce from his first wife, Duncan said.

Duncan said a tip from the second wife led to an investigation – and ultimately to the charge and the termination.

Howard had been a member of the Monroe Police Department since Sept. 29, 2002. Before, he worked in Charlotte as an officer at Johnson C. Smith University, according to information provided by the Monroe Police Department.

“This city has a number of dedicated officers,” Duncan said. “But officers are not above the law. … People are in shock. They want to know how could this happen. Officers here are dedicated professionals and they're pretty sad about it.”

Monroe City Manager Craig Meadows said, “The city of Monroe has a number of dedicated police officers that do a great job every day for our citizens. This is an unfortunate and isolated incident which was dealt with accordingly.

“This action shows that nobody is above the law and everyone, no matter where they work or what they do, will be held to the letter of the law.”