SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Rosie Rivera made history over the weekend in Salt Lake County becoming its first female and Hispanic sheriff.

“I was a spokesperson, I was a detective, I was a patrol officer, community policing,” Rivera told ABC4. “[I worked] metro gangs – and then as a leader, I’ve supervised several different units; and you know one of the units that I supervised was violent crimes and sexual assault units.”

She beat out four other candidates for the high-profile position. Rivera still needs to be approved by the county council, but that is a foregone conclusion, officials said.

There will be a new election next November for the full four-year term that begins in January of 2019. Rivera pledged Saturday to treat “all people” wiith dignity. 

*Randall Carlisle contributed to this story.