Andy Hughes beat incumbent sheriff Lamar Glover by 28 percent in Tuesday's election.
Hughes has been in law enforcement for more than 16 years. Before running for sheriff he served as a sergeant with the Dothan Police Department.
Hughes told News 4 Wednesday he has big plans for the sheriff's department, starting with his own leadership strategy.
“I think a sheriff need to lead by example. I'm not going to ask my employees that I’m not going to do first. I came through the ranks in the sheriff's department and police department, preformed a variety of functions. I'm going to make sure my employees know that I'm willing and able to do that job,” said Hughes.
Hughes takes office on January 15.