With family, friends and several public officials looking on, Highland County Sheriff Richard L. Warner, Jr. accepted his oath of office Monday morning from Highland County Common Pleas Court Juvenile and Probate Division Judge Kevin L. Greer.
Warner was accompanied by his wife, Kristy, and their children, Logan and Lacey, as he was sworn into office in the downstairs courtroom at the Highland County Courthouse with more than two dozen people in attendance.
"This is a big deal," Judge Greer said. "This is a job that requires strong faith, strong family and strong friends. I know you have all three," the judge told the new sheriff.
Following the swearing in ceremony, longtime Pricetown Church of Christ minister Leo Kuhn (ret.) offered a word of prayer for the sheriff, his family and the community.
Warner thanked everyone in attendance and said, "I've been blessed the past 20 years to serve the people of Highland County, and I look forward to serving for more years to come."
The Highland County Republican Central Committee had appointed Warner as Highland County Sheriff on Nov. 26.
Warner has been working for the Highland County Sheriff's Office since June 1995, where he has served in many different capacities, including corrections officer, communications officer, road patrol officer and road patrol supervisor.
Warner has most recently served as a supervisor in the detective division, where Warner said he was responsible for criminal, narcotic and major crime investigations. Warner also has worked as an agent with the regional US 23 Pipeline Major Crime/Narcotic Task Force since 2010. He was given the Top Cop Drug Buster of the Year Award in 2011.
Prior to joining the Highland County Sheriff's Office, Warner worked as a patrolman for the Village of Lynchburg, starting in December 1993.
Warner is a Lynchburg-Clay graduate and graduated from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council, Great Oaks, in Sharonville. He holds a law enforcement training certificate and a corrections basic training certificate and has taken a number of continuing education courses in such fields as drug and alcohol enforcement, school violence training, dispatch training, firearms training, investigations training and road patrol training.
Warner is a member of the Republican Club, Republican Executive Committee, Farm Bureau, Ohio Trustees Association and Hillsboro Rotary Club and is a board member of the Highland County Habitat For Humanity and Lynchburg Joint Fire/EMS District. He is the Community Crime Watch Program Coordinate at Rocky Fork Lake, Paint Township. Warner, a resident of Lynchburg, attends the Pricetown Church of Christ, where he serves on several different committees.
Warner follows recently appointed sheriff Chuck Middleton and longtime sheriff Ron Ward as the chief law enforcement officer in the county.