Two in, three out

Two in, three out
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By David Rogers. February 28, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — An estimated 50 residents, downtown business folks, Town staff members, and police officers converged on Blowing Rock Town Hall on Thursday. They were celebrating the service and impending departure of three longtime police officers, while witnessing the swearing-in of two more.

COVER IMAGE: Interim Police Chief Aaron Miller presents a token of appreciation from the Town to the retiring Lt. Dan White. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

Interim Police Chief Aaron Miller served as master of ceremonies for the festivities, including assisting Town Clerk Hilari Hubner’s administering the oath of office to new officers Nathan Kirk and Tanner Byrd. Officer Kirk and his family are relocating from the Pinehurst area, while Officer Byrd is a 2016 graduate of Watauga High School.

Interim Police Chief Aaron Miller, left, recognizes the invaluable 5-year service of the departing Officer Michael Fox, leaving for Utah next week to return to the healthcare industry researching and treating sleep disorders.

Chief Miller heaped high praise on the departing officers, Michael Fox (returning to the healthcare industry in Park City, Utah), and the retiring Dan White, and thanked them enthusiastically for their many years of service. A third officer, Dayton Turpin, is also leaving to take a position with the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.

Tanner Byrd, left, accepts the oath of office from Town Clerk Hilari Hubner, while Aaron Miller assists in holding the Bible.

“I don’t know that we have ever had a public swearing in ceremony,” said Miller in opening the meeting after all the attendees had grazed through the ample “finger food” buffet line, “but we thought it would be appropriate not just to recognize the service of two valuable officers who have served the Town for so many years, but also to officially welcome the newcomers to our staff.”

Nathan Kirk, left, is sworn in by Town Clerk Hilari Hubner and Aaron Miller.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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