Councilwoman Susan Guidry didn't mince words when discussing the states of the "completely broken" jail system and Sewerage and Water Board in New Orleans, but she did give a vote of confidence to New Orleans police Superintendent Michael Harrison.
Guidry, the outgoing District A councilwoman, said she hopes New Orleans Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell will keep Harrison on through her transition, according to a report in the Uptown Messenger.
Guidry spoke at a meeting Tuesday night at the Rotary Club of New Orleans Riverbend. The longtime councilwoman opted not to run for re-election this year. Her District A seat will be filled by Joseph Giarrusso III, who overcame five opponents to win the seat in October's primary.
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Guidry addressed the consent decree, a 2012 agreement that placed federal oversight and additional burdens on the department and is expected to end in the coming years.
“Once the consent decree ends, we have to make sure the culture doesn’t change back again,” Guidry said.
She went on to address the jail system, which she described "severely broken in every respect," and the S&WB, which needs a revamp and transparency.
“No longer will they be able to keep the curtain closed, because now we all know,” Guidry said. “I don’t see anything that’s working.”
For the full report from Uptown Messenger, click here.