Guilford County changed shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 when Danny Rogers was sworn in as Sheriff of Guilford County.
Sheriff Rogers is the first black sheriff of Guilford County and the first new sheriff since former sheriff BJ Barnes defeated then incumbent sheriff Sticky Burch in 1994.
Rogers was sworn in by retired Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court Henry Frye in front of a standing room only crowd in the Guilford County Court House – High Point. Since Greensboro is the county seat and the other county officials who were elected in November took their oaths of office in the Old Guilford County Court House in Greensboro, even in his first moments in office Rogers was sending a message that there are going to be changes in the way things are done. In fact, Rogers before he took the oath of office sent that message loud and clear by firing close to 30 sheriff’s department employees including some of the highest ranking officers.
Rogers served as detention officer and a deputy sheriff and when he made a statement on the courthouse steps after taking office he said that detention officers who are not sworn and deputies who are sworn would be treated the same in his department. He said, “We’re all going to do it as a family, as a team.”
He said, “It’s not about me. It’s about us.”
Rogers also made a point to thank Barnes for his services to the community as sheriff and to the country as a Marine.
Rogers said, “Everybody understands we will be a sheriff’s office for everybody of Guilford County.” And he added, “We will do what we need to do to assure the safety of our county.”
Rogers said that he would continue to evaluate the sheriff’s office as he had been doing and that he realized it was important for the sheriff’s office to run as smoothly as possible during his first months in office.
When asked about the biggest change coming to the sheriff’s department, Rogers said, “The biggest change – I think you’ve seen it already. The biggest change is that Danny Rogers is sheriff.”
Another change that Rogers spoke about was the fact that he planned to have an office in High Point and spend as much time in High Point as in Greensboro. He also said that he wanted the staff of the sheriff’s department to look like the population of Guilford County, but he said he would not be focused on race.
After Rogers was sworn in, Guilford County Chief District Court Judge Tom Jarrell spoke briefly saying that he had known Rogers for 40 years and that one thing he knew about Rogers was that he was a people person who truly cared about people which is why he wanted to be sheriff.
“He also said that he wanted the staff of the sheriff’s department to look like the population of Guilford County, but he said he would not be focused on race.”
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Definition of contradiction
1 : act or an instance of contradicting – the defendant’s contradiction of the plaintiff’s accusations
2a : a proposition, statement, or phrase that asserts or implies both the truth and falsity of something … both parts of a contradiction cannot possibly be true …— Thomas Hobbes
b : a statement or phrase whose parts contradict each other – a round square is a contradiction in terms
3a : logical incongruity
b : a situation in which inherent factors, actions, or propositions are inconsistent or contrary to one another
Danny Rogers will make a great Sheriff . Stop being negative and believe in the positive change that is his campaign slogan. Give him a chance and I’m positive he will fulfill all of the county needs and adress all issues to the best of his abilities.
“It’s not about me, it’s about us.” So first things first, let’s fire 30 employees. No chips on any shoulders here… Guess they were all ages, colors and genders right? I’m real curious of the black to white ratio of that mass firing…Anybody know the statistics?
I mean if a white sheriff is newly elected and fires 30+ employees who are majority black or latino or female, would that be called ‘Positive’ change?
. But we’ll see how ‘positive’ these coming changes are. There’s a new Sheriff in town!
After seeing yesterday that newly elected sheriffs in Mecklenburg, Wake, and Durham counties have overturned their departments cooperation with ICE detainers for illegal immigrants after being released from custody, I wonder what Sheriff Rogers thoughts are on that important issue. Even though I live in Thomasville – a stronger conservative area than any of the above metro areas or Guilford – it disturbs me greatly to see this incursion of leftist, progressive thinking about dealing with our broken immigration system invade North Carolina. How any law enforcement officer in America can justify helping illegals evade our criminal justice system just baffles my imagination. How many Kate Steinle’s will it take ??