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Susan Hutson made history twice in December when she also became the first woman elected to serve as sheriff in New Orleans.

Elected in December, Susan Hutson took office Monday as the brand-new sheriff of the Orleans Parish in New Orleans and the first Black female sheriff in the state of Louisiana. (Photo:

Susan Hutson made history twice in December when she became the first woman elected to serve as sheriff in New Orleans, overseeing Orleans Parish. 

According to, Hutson is also the first Black female sheriff in the state of Louisiana, and she pledged at her inauguration to enact badly needed reforms in area law enforcement. 

“People are going to throw up challenges in our path,” Hutson said at her inauguration before leading the crowd before her to also take an oath saying they would “become or remain a part of the change I want to see in my community,” value “all persons and all lives,” “put on the honor of justice to wear the belt of truth” and “take up the shield of faith in our quest for true justice and equity.”

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