Guilford County Sheriff-elect Danny Rogers is already shaking things up, even when it comes to his swearing-in ceremony – which will be held in High Point rather than Greensboro, the county seat, as has been the practice in the past.
Rogers, who was born in High Point and now lives in Jamestown, served as an officer in the High Point Police Department years ago. He graduated from Southwest Guilford High School in High Point.
Guilford County Clerk to the Board Robin Keller said that, since Rogers was from High Point and had many ties there, he wanted the ceremony to be in that city.
Retired Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court Henry Frye will deliver the oath of office to Rogers.
The swearing-in will take place in the Guilford County Courthouse – High Point on the governmental plaza at 505 E. Green Dr. in downtown High Point. Rogers, who will be the first African-American sheriff in the history of Guilford County, beat out six-term Sheriff BJ Barnes in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 election.
Guilford County is inviting the public to the ceremony, which will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the Washington Courtroom of the High Point courthouse. That will be about three hours after the swearing-in of many other elected officials – including the newly elected Guilford County commissioners – at the old Guilford County Court House in Greensboro. That ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday.
The old court house in Greensboro allows cameras and electronic devices such as cell phones inside; however, the county’s two courthouses do not allow cameras, cell phones, lap tops, tablets or other devices capable of taking a photo or recording audio. Keller said that county staff is working with court officials in an attempt to accommodate members of the media and others who wish to photograph Rogers’ swearing-in. People interested in taking photographs – or simply attending the event – are asked to contact the Guilford County clerk’s office before 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 so proper arrangements can be made.
People also have to submit to a search and go through a metal detector before entering either of the Guilford County courthouses. If a lot of people attend the swearing in of the new Guilford County Sheriff in High Point the line could be long so it might be wise to arrive early.