Avery Crump was elected as the first African American and female District Attorney in Guilford County in 2018. She was sworn in to office on January 1, 2019. Prior to her election as District Attorney, Avery served as a District Court Judge in Guilford County from 2009 until she stepped down to run for District Attorney.
Avery worked as an assistant district attorney here in Guilford County for nine years where she worked in all criminal courts, both district and superior, in both Greensboro and High Point. Her experience includes prosecuting serious felonies in Superior Court, such as: murder, rape, sex offenses against women and children, kidnapping, child pornography, and felony assaults. During this time, she also worked in juvenile court for over five years in High Point, North Carolina.
In 2008, Avery was elected as a District Court Judge here in Guilford County. She served nine years as a judge prior to seeking the office of District Attorney. As a District Court Judge, she presided in all district courts in both Greensboro and High Point. She also continued her love of working with juveniles by becoming a Certified Juvenile Court Judge. Prior to resigning to run for District Attorney, she was the most senior District Court Judge presiding in juvenile court. Avery also conducted yearly juvenile training for other District Court Judges. She served as the judicial fellow for Reclaiming Futures and Juvenile Justice Substance Abuse and Mental Health Partnership (JJSAMHP), two juvenile initiatives here in Guilford County. In addition, she presided over Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, a specialty court in Greensboro, which helps juveniles overcome their addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Avery Crump, was born in Statesville, NC and graduated from Statesville Senior High School. In 1994, Avery graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. She also studied abroad at the University of Sheffield, England from 1992-1993. Avery graduated from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1997. After graduation, she worked as an assistant district attorney in Bronx County, New York from 1997 to 1999, where she prosecuted various criminal charges. In 1999, she moved back to North Carolina to marry her husband Jason. They have been blessed with two sons, Jason Jr and Xavier. Avery loves spending time with her family.