Susan Pamerleau, Bexar County’s first-ever female sheriff, took the oath of office early New Year’s Day.
She was sworn in by former County Judge Cyndi Krier, and used a family Bible held by her father, Dr. Truce Lewellyn.
The Republican won an election in November against Democratic incumbent Amadeo Ortiz, who was seeking his second term as county sheriff.
A political newcomer, Pamerleau retired from the Air Force as a two-star general back in 2000.
“If you would have asked me three years ago if I would run for public office, I would’ve told you to go pound sand,” Pamerleau joked.
She was surrounded by family, friends, and new colleagues during the ceremony, including San Antonio police Chief William McManus.
Pamerleau takes over an office that has seen its share of problems lately, and promised to bring professionalism back to the department.