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Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye to leave office

Last Updated on December 20, 2021 6:16 pm

Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye has announced that he'll be leaving that position.

Sheriff Frye said in a Facebook post that he tendered his resignation effective the last of January and will begin a new journey in February 2022. He has held the position for 15 years.

His full Facebook post is below:

To the great citizens of Avery County—Fifteen years ago this month, I took the oath for the Office of Avery County Sheriff for the first time. Since that time I have given my heart and soul, blood, sweat, and tears to this office and this county. We have faced many tragedies, overcame many obstacles, and accomplished some great things working together to make life better for every Avery County citizen. I can honestly say being sheriff has been the greatest honor and privilege, I could have ever imagined. I sincerely want to thank everyone for their prayers and support over the past 15 years, it has been a remarkable journey.

A journey that saw some deep valleys, such as when Lt. Keith Laws passed away, and a journey that saw some high peaks like being elected to serve as the NC Sheriff’s President. Through all the valleys and peaks, the driving force has always been to do what was best for this county and the citizens. I have had the most dedicated and remarkable staff of deputies, jailers, detectives, and administration personnel throughout this journey. They never get the credit or recognition they deserve. These servants always put their own health and safety at risk to try to serve the public, whether it be responding to domestics or taking meals and medications to the elderly during a pandemic. I have served with the best of the best and they are what has made this office a positive example throughout the state.

So it is with a heavy but very grateful heart that I tender my resignation effective the last of January and begin a new journey beginning in February of 2022. There are too many to thank individually for helping with our success but know that I love this county, I love its citizens and I know that with the dedicated people that are here now, this county is in great hands for the future. May God continue to bless Avery County and its leaders.

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