Twenty-seven years ago Yesenia Sanchez took an entry level position with the Alameda County Sheriff's Department and, in January 2023, became not only its first woman sheriff, but the first Latina. Sheriff Sanchez will address the Hayward Rotary Club at its luncheon meeting Monday, May 20
Born in Hayward, Sanchez started in the Alameda County Sheriff's Office in 1997 as an entry-level technician. In 2001, she became a sworn deputy, in 2020, she  became division commander overseeing the Santa Rita Jail.
She is the 23rd sheriff in county history and supervises a $429 million budget, 1,000 sworn officers and 600 non-sworn.