Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman is an advocate for rehabilitation and education as a way to break the cycle of crime and violence among young people in New Orleans. He has instituted a Day Reporting Center for probation/parole violators; a regional re-entry program to reduce recidivisms; education dorms and learning centers in the facilities.
During his tenure as Sheriff of Orleans Parish, Sheriff Gusman has modernized the facilities at the Sheriff's office, leading to the construction of a new Kitchen/Warehouse/Central Plant that opened in 2014 and the Orleans Justice Center that opened in 2015, designed as a direct supervision facility.
"Besides my family, my education has been greatest strength in life."
- Sheriff Gusman
Sheriff Gusman's formative education set precedence for is significant career path. Following his graduation from Jesuit High School, Sheriff Gusman attended the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, where he obtained a Bachelor of Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University and was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in 1984. He successfully completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.
"The idea of a career has never been about big jobs or promotions to me. It's always been about service."
- Sheriff Gusman
Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman is a graduate of the National Sheriffs' Institute (NSI). He is a member of the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) and has served on its Crime Victims Services Committee. He is also a member of the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association (LSA); the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the American Correctional Association (ACA) where he has served on its Adult Local Detention Committee. He is also a member of the National Correctional Industries Association (NCIA), and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
Prior to his election as Sheriff, he served as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the highest appointed city official and chief financial officer, of the City of New Orleans in the administration of Mayor Marc H. Morial. In his first bid for public office in 2000, he was elected to fill the City Council District "D" seat, and he was re-elected in 2002. While on the City Council, he served as Chairman of the Council's Budget, Audit and Board of Review Committee, and the Governmental Affairs Committee; as well as a member of the City Park Improvement Association and the Sewerage & Water Board. He is a member and past President of the Regional Loan Corporation, a member of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee, and has served on the Board for Boys Town of Louisiana, YMCA, and several other local organizations.
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