San Francisco just elected a new sheriff — the first Asian American sheriff in California history.
Paul Miyamoto, who is of Japanese ancestry, was sworn in Wednesday as the 37th sheriff of San Francisco. He succeeds Vicki Hennessy, who was San Francisco’s first female sheriff.
Miyamoto, who began his career with the department in 1996, first ran for sheriff in 2011, but lost. He’s only the second sheriff in the department’s history to rise from the ranks to be elected sheriff, and the first of Asian descent.
When asked about this moment, Miyamoto said the historical importance hadn’t really struck him . . .