York County deputies renew oaths as Sheriff Bryant begins 5th term

Sheriff starts 5th elected term by swearing in employees again

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJanuary 15, 2013 

— York County Sheriff’s Detective Kelly Lovelace spent years busting meth labs and seizing pot plants as a drug unit commander. Now, she’s staving off shoplifters, burglars and arsonists as a property crimes detective.

But on Tuesday afternoon, along with 160 other deputies employed in the constitutional office, Lovelace, 48, raised her right hand and recited an oath. Hundreds of deputies gathered at the law enforcement training center in York to be sworn in at the onset of Sheriff Bruce Bryant’s fifth elected term.

“It’s saying, ‘Hey, you’re doing a good job, and we’re going to keep you on,’ ” Bryant said about the ceremony that he said would “rehire” 163 deputies.

“It’s an honor working with this agency,” said Lovelace, the office’s second female lieutenant and a 20-year law enforcement veteran. Her mother, former Lt. Betty Carroll, retired as the office’s first female lieutenant.

Because of employees’ “honesty, integrity and love of God ... I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else,” Lovelace said.

Neither could Lt. David Frye, 47, who spent the last 28 years working under four different sheriffs. He started as a dispatcher before he moved to the uniform patrol division, spent 12 years in property crimes and worked on the night shift as a patrol lieutenant before heading the office’s Rock Hill district.

“If your heart’s in it, it’s always in it,” he said.

Both Lovelace and Frye recalled difficult times in their law enforcement career, including Lovelace rescuing one of two boys who drowned in the Catawba River and Frye working the night York County deputy Brent McCants was killed.

“Just the mere fact that you’re sitting here speaks volumes about your character,” Bryant told deputies. “You should never underestimate the power you have.”

Bryant said there are 326 employees with the Sheriff’s Office. The deputies sworn in on Tuesday, he said, were Class I deputies, which include patrol deputies, detectives and employees entrusted with the power to make an arrest.

Class II deputies, detention center officers, will be sworn in next week, he said.

Jonathan McFadden 803-329-4082

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