Sandra Hutchens, named Orange County’s first female sheriff on Tuesday, described herself as a "change agent" who promised to clean up a department rattled by scandals.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors made the appointment in a split 3-2 vote that, even with its final two candidates of Hutchens and Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters, revealed a choice for an outsider who had no ties to former Sheriff Mike Carona.

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