AKRON, Ohio - Steve Barry was sworn in as the new sheriff of Summit County before hundreds of family, friends and officers on Friday morning.
The ceremony took place at the sheriff's training Bureau in Green. Barry, 55, said he was humbled by the large turnout.
"It means everything. Other than my wedding day and the birth of my children, this is a fantastic day," Barry told NewsChannel5.
Barry has worked for the for the sheriff's department for more than 30 years and most recently served as a captain from 2004 to 2011.
He graduated from Ellet High School and the University of Akron.
Barry is married and has two children.
After the ceremony, Barry said one of his top priorities will be to work with schools and legislators to improve security at schools in Summit County.
Barry replaces Drew Alexander, who served as the sheriff for 12 years.