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 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.
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.
Ursula Price is Deputy Police Monitor for the New Orleans Independent Police Monitor. Ms. Price joined OIPM in September 2010 and began acting as a deputy in 2014. Ms. Price first came to New Orleans after completing her Master’s in International Relations from the 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 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 New Orlean’s 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.
Ms. Price values community engagement and democracy and considers them to be core elements of any police reform effort. As Director of Community Relations, she has helped develop a Police/Community Mediation Program, a Rights and Responsibilities curriculum and guide, and helped organize New Orleans’ first public forum in which officers and civilians worked together to form anti-retaliation policy. Ms. Price is a Certified Oversight Practitioner and Certified Internal Affairs Investigator.
Livious joined the Office of the Independent Police Monitor in January 2016. She holds an M.A. in Accountancy and a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. She is the proud mother of three sons and a loving wife. She enjoys bowling and sports. She has traveled the world with her parents while they served in the United States Air Force. She has lived on and off in New Orleans since she was a child.
McClary is a lawyer, minister, healer, activist, organizer and artist. She has had a long career in indigent defense and criminal justice advocacy. In June of 2017, McClary joined the Office of the Independent Police Monitor (OIPM) in New Orleans, Louisiana as the Chief Monitor over Use of Force cases. Before joining OIPM, McClary was in private practice.
The work of her law firm included criminal defense, mitigation and human/civil rights cases. McClary also has enjoyed a career as a public defender in various offices across the country. These offices include, (1) the Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases in Texas, (2) The Public Defender’s Office in Baltimore, Maryland and (3) the Orleans Public Defender’s office in New Orleans, Louisiana. McClary has also been in leadership in a majority of the public defender offices where she has worked.
In Maryland, McClary served as the Circuit Court Chief in Baltimore City and had responsibility for a staff of approximately 60 which included attorneys, paralegals, legal secretaries, investigators, social workers and intake workers. McClary also worked as a Supervising Attorney at the New Orleans Public Defender’s Office. In addition to McClary works in the courtroom; she has also spent many years as an advocate for policy changes and reform regarding issues impacting the criminal justice system, locally, nationally and internationally. Tonya has also spent many years working directly with impacted communities as a community organizer on criminal justice issues. Her work has encompassed issues regarding policing, juvenile justice, women and girls and human rights violations. McClary’s work has taken her around the world as a lecturer and trainer. McClary also works inside prisons leading and facilitating various art programs she has developed, that are conduits for healing. Tonya is a 1994 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law.