MONTEREY, Calif. (KION-TV) UPDATE Dec. 30, 2022, at 5:39 p.m.- Now former Police Chief of Marina Police Tina Nieto was sworn in as Sheriff of Monterey County Friday at 5:01 p.m.
Current Sheriff Steve Bernal retired early, so the board of supervisors moved to have Nieto take over as sheriff Friday.
Her official swearing-in ceremony will take place at the next Monterey County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Tina Nieto appointed unanimously by Monterey County Board of Supervisors to take over as sheriff at end of December
UPDATE Dec. 7, 2022, at 1:13 p.m.- The Monterey County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Wednesday to appoint Tina Nieto as the next Monterey County sheriff early after winning the election for sheriff in November.
The county did not want to have an absence of a sheriff before Nieto was originally slated to take the position in early January. Since Dec. 31 through Jan. 1 ran through either a weekend or a Holiday, the earliest Nieto could have been appointed Sheriff is Jan. 2.
Former Sheriff Steve Bernal also submitted his resignation letter to the board Wednesday. He served his notice of retirement from his position effective Dec. 30 at 5:00 p.m.
Beginning on Dec. 30, Nieto will assume her role as sheriff of Monterey County, according to County Supervisor Luis Alejo. According to the resolution, Tina will be appointed interim Sherriff-Coroner at 5:01 p.m. on Dec. 30.
HERSTORY! Monterey County Supervisors voted unanimously today to appoint #TinaNieto early as the County Sheriff starting on Dec.30! She will be the 1st elected woman, Latina & LGBT Sheriff in Monterey County! She will be among the 1st 3 Latina Sheriffs in CA✊🏽 #WiseLatinas💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/GN5BRU1tUs— Luis Alejo⚖️ (@SupervisorAlejo) December 7, 2022
Tina Nieto becomes the first woman, openly LGBTQ and Hispanic Sheriff of Monterey County
Tina Nieto will be the next Sheriff of Monterey County after beating out opponent Joe Moses with 66% of the votes.
She becomes the first woman, person of color and openly LGBTQ person to hold the position in Monterey County. Over 65,000 people voted for Tina to be the next person to lead Monterey County.
We spoke to Tina before the election about her plans for Monterey County.