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Former New Orleans Police Monitor Elected as Louisiana’s First Black Woman Sheriff

HeadlineDec 13, 2021

Voters in Orleans Parish, Louisiana, have elected a new sheriff. First-time candidate Susan Hutson beat 17-year incumbent Marlin Gusman in a runoff election Saturday to become the first Black woman ever elected as a sheriff in Louisiana. Hutson is a former prosecutor; she spent a decade as New Orleans’s independent police monitor, a position established in a 2008 voter referendum aimed at rooting out corruption, racism and brutality in the New Orleans Police Department.

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