Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson
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 June of 2007 until May of 2010.
Ms. Hutson holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law. After law school, she joined a small firm of lawyers, where she had a general practice. She left private practice to join the Corpus Christi City Attorney's Office where she served as an assistant city attorney prosecuting cases in the Municipal Court. She became Chief Prosecutor and later moved to the Employment Section, where she advised city directors on numerous employment matters, including disciplinary, constitutional, discrimination, and compensation issues. Her primary responsibilities were consulting with the Chief of Police, the Fire Chief, and other supervisors on misconduct investigations and representing the city during arbitrations and civil service hearings. While in Corpus Christi, Ms. Hutson also taught university-level courses to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Her experience in dealing with Internal Affairs and civil service law led her to the Office of the Police Monitor in Austin, Texas. She began as the Assistant Police Monitor in August of 2004 and took over as the Acting Police Monitor in January of 2006.
While working in Austin and Los Angeles, Ms. Hutson published reports for these offices, which provide valuable information to the community about how their police departments monitor themselves.
Deputy Police Monitor Simone Levine
Simone Levine has been appointed Deputy Police Monitor for the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor (IPM) and joined the IPM team on April 4, 2011. Ms. Levine was an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the New York Attorney General where she prosecuted public integrity cases. Ms. Levine earlier worked as Legislative Counsel to the New York State Assembly Speaker where she drafted legislation regarding government ethics, police stops and searches, and whistleblower protection. Ms. Levine practiced as a criminal defense attorney for ten years and speaks three languages, including Spanish.
She earned a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law and also studied at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Ms. Levine was an Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice at John Jay College in New York, and later became the director of the Community against Police Abuse in Hartford, Connecticut.
Police Monitor Susan Hutson said, “Ms. Levine is an extremely accomplished woman. She has the knowledge and experience to make a significant contribution to the Office of Independent Police Monitor.”
Executive Director of Community Relations Ursula Price
Ursula Price was appointed as the Executive Director for Community Relations in September 2010. Ms. Price first came to New Orleans after completing her Master's in International Relations from University of Chicago and a B.A. in Political Science from Millsaps College. She began working within the arenas of social and legal justice reform by serving Louisiana's indigent defendants at A Fighting Chance (AFC) and Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC). At both AFC and LCAC, she worked tirelessly to protect constitutional rights in our criminal justice system by providing a fair and rigorous defense to Louisianans facing the death penalty and to support the Louisiana justice systems’ efforts toward transparency and accountability.
After Hurricane Katrina, she remained in New Orleans and earned a Soros Justice Fellowship she used to advocate on behalf of Katrina Prisoners without a voice in the Orleans Parish Prison. She soon joined Safe Streets/Strong Communities as their Advocacy and Investigations Coordinator. Her work there ranged from policy advocacy to organizing the community around improving many aspects of New Orleans’ criminal justice system. After a one year hiatus in Mississippi, where she worked with Southern Poverty Law Center, Ursula returned to New Orleans. Ms. Price is excited to help build the Office of the Independent Police Monitor, which she rigorously supported as part of her advocacy for criminal justice reform in New Orleans. Ursula is focusing her energies on supporting citizen involvement in public safety and creating avenues for greater public trust in the police department.