Phillips, members of law enforcement are sworn in during a ceremony at the courthouse | Avery

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AVERY COUNTY – Friday, January 28 marked the swearing-in of Avery County’s new acting Sheriff, Daniel Keith Phillips, at the Avery County Courthouse. Courtroom B was packed with more than 50 people to support the official installation of the county’s new sheriff.

Avery Wood County Commissioners Hall Young, Jr., Tim Phillips, Martha Hicks and Dennis Aldridge first had to formally take action to fill the vacant position of sheriff for the remainder of the term, based on the nomination and of the selection of the Republican Executive Committee on Jan. 20. The motion to adopt the resolution is unanimously approved by the commissioners.

Special appreciation was given to outgoing Sheriff Kevin Frye, who had served as sheriff for Avery County for 15 years. Special recognition to Frye expressed appreciation for her tireless work to protect, bringing innovative programs and training, and effective community engagement practices. The commissioners went on to express their wishes for his next role and said “Avery County is behind you.”

The special meeting was then adjourned to begin the swearing in of Acting Sheriff Danny Phillips. Superior Court Judge Gary Gavenus presided over the ceremony and delivered the official declaration of oath. Phillips agreed to the terms “to be faithful and bear true allegiance in upholding, maintaining, and defending the Constitutions of the United States and of the States.”

When a new sheriff is sworn in, it is also necessary for all deputies and detention officers to be sworn in under the same proclamations. Judge Gavenus then proceeded to preside over this swearing-in process.

Former Sheriff Frye appreciated all the support over the years, and new Sheriff Phillips was celebrated for taking office.

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