He says he plans to get started right away, with meetings scheduled all day with his chiefs and deputies.
Urquhart retired as a sergeant in February, but then decided to run for the head of the department that employed him since 1988.
Several months ago, a pair of independent audits declared that the sheriff's office needs a new review board, possibly with a citizen member, to correct serious flaws in the way it examines shootings and other use-of-force incidents by its deputies. The new sheriff says 25 specific recommendations were addressed, and he plans to tackle each of them.
"We have to look at everything; have to make sure we understand what the community wants," Urquhart said. "It's not what we want, it's not even what we think is right, it's what the community wants -- the kind of police department they want us to be. That's what I intend to do. I don't have a timetable for that."
Urquhart will need to think about re-election sooner than later. He's serving for only one year to fill-out the term of former sheriff Sue Rahr, who resigned earlier this year.
Part of the heavy work load for Urquhart will be mediation hearings involving a $9 million sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the county by three veteran female detectives.