XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The Greene County Board of Commissioners has named Chief Deputy Scott Anger as Acting Sheriff.

Chief Anger was sworn in Thursday afternoon at the Greene County Courthouse. Judge Adolfo A. Tornichio presided over the ceremony.

“Normally when we gather in this courtroom to swear in a new elected official, it is a happy and joyous time. Unfortunately I cannot say that today,” said Tornichio. “Gene Fischer was more than just the sheriff to Greene County. He was our friend.”

Anger reiterated that the day was not a happy one, but he said he is honored to be in the new position.

“The sheriff put together a great staff and I’m honored to lead in his absence. I again never envisioned anything like this, but again I loved Gene Fischer,” said Anger. “It’s a high honor to have worked for Sheriff Fischer and to try to carry on some of the things that he’s started, and some of the things that he’s taught me.”

Greene County Commissioner Richard Gould said the Greene County Republican Party Central Committee now has 45 days to either keep Anger or to find another sheriff of their choosing.

Anger was named Acting Sheriff following the death of Gene Fischer, who had been Sheriff in Greene County for 18 years. Fischer suffered a medical emergency while attending a Buckeye State Sheriff Association (B.S.S.A.) Sheriff’s Convention in Sandusky, Ohio. Fischer was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Greene County officials spoke Wednesday about the loss of Fischer where Anger said, Anger said, “Our Sheriff was a great person. He was loved by his employees and the public.” Anger continued, “Right now what we’re really concentrating on is celebrating his life and his legacy.”