ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Dan Fry was sworn in as the new Belmont County Prosecutor on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The former prosecutor, Chris Berhalter, was moved to the Belmont County Northern Division Court as judge.
Fry was sworn in by Belmont County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Fregiato and Belmont County Common Pleas Court Judge John Solovon.
"I have known Dan for many years and am very appreciative of his dedication to this job as well as his law practice. He is a very, very dedicated public employee, and we are very happy to have him," said Solovon.
Fregiato added that he grew up with Fry in Martins Ferry.
"Dan has been a great person his entire life, but more importantly than that, Dan has been my prosecuting attorney for me at Northern Division County Court for a good decade, and he has done an outstanding job as the prosecutor in every way you could conceive," said Fregiato. "I am extremely happy and the county of Belmont is extremely lucky to have him as our new prosecutor."
"I am very appreciative that the committee made the appointment of me. I hope to take advantage of it and make the transition from Chris (Berhalter), my boss for the last nine years, seamless and continue on with the policies he implemented when he came into office in 2005," Fry stated.
Fry, a Martins Ferry High School graduate, has over 34 years of litigation experience under his belt.
"I have essentially been a prosecutor my entire life," said Fry. "I served with the JAG core and was a prosecutor for the better part of three years on active duty."
Fry said that he came directly from the Navy into the Belmont County prosecutor's office between 1983 until 1988. In 1988, Fry left the prosecutor's office to go into private practice.
"I didn't enjoy (private practice) as much because there wasn't as much trial experience or litigation work. I came back to the prosecutor's office in 2001 when the opportunity presented itself, and I have been there ever since," said Fry.
Since 2001, Fry has served as an assistant prosecutor.
Fry received a bachelor's degree in business administration with honors from Ohio University, and in 1979, he received his Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University.
Fry is licensed to practice in all federal and state courts in Ohio, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Fry is a veteran of the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, having served from 1977 through 2007. He retired at the rank of Captain. Fry served from 1980 to 1983 on active duty at the Naval Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme, Calif. During his career, he served as defense counsel, trial counsel, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate and Commanding Officer of three separate units. In 2001, Fry was certified as a General Courts - Martial Military Judge and served in that position until 2005.
Fry has served as the Director of Law for the city of Martins Ferry since 1984. He has also served as president and board member for the Martins Ferry Rotary Club, past board member and legal counsel for the Belmont County Animal Rescue League, as well as a past board member of the Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Fry serves as a board member on the Child Protection Review Board for the Diocese of Steubenville.
Fry is married and has two children.