The City of New Orleans welcomed Susan Hutson as the Independent Police Monitor in June of 2010. Prior to accepting the position in New Orleans, Ms. Hutson worked at the Los Angeles Police Commission’s Office of the Inspector General as an Assistant Inspector General from 2007 to 2010, where she garnered firsthand knowledge of police oversight under a federal consent decree. Ms. Hutson began working in police oversight as the Assistant Police Monitor in Austin from 2004-2007 and served as the Acting Police Monitor for one year.
Prior to moving into police oversight, Ms. Hutson worked in private practice in Houston and as an Assistant City Attorney in Corpus Christi City, where she was Chief Prosecutor of the Municipal Court and later moved to the Employment Law Section. In that section, one of her responsibilities was to defend the city’s decisions to discipline police officers. Ms. Hutson’s experience in dealing with Internal Affairs and civil service law in Corpus Christi led her into the field of police oversight.