NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a series of staffing changes.
Executive Counsel Michael Sherman announced he will be leaving his post on May 24, 2013. He is leaving after three years of service to pursue a private law practice and serve as a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Tulane University. Sherman has served as Executive Counsel since October 2011. In this capacity, he served as a legal advisor to the Mayor and handled federal affairs. Previously, he served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Counsel to the Mayor from May 2010 to October 2011, where he managed City of New Orleans relationships with the City Council and City boards and commissions, the State Legislature, and U.S. Congress.
“Mike was responsible for lobbying for citywide priorities at the state and federal levels, crafting critical procurement reforms, increasing and improving enforcement against local nuisance bars, and overseeing the streamlining of City boards and commissions,” said Mayor Landrieu. “I want to thank Mike for his hard work and service on behalf the people of New Orleans.”
Upon his departure, Erica Beck, who serves as Chief Deputy City Attorney for in-house matters, will be appointed Executive Counsel.
Beck joined the City Attorney’s office in 2010. In her current role, she has supervised and managed lawyers and staff on matters related to in-house contracting and procurement, public records, and advised departments, boards and commissions. She was part of the team that negotiated the NOPD Consent Decree and sits on the selection committee for the NOPD Consent Decree Monitor.
Prior to joining City Hall, Beck practiced in the business and litigation section at the Jones Walker law firm from 2007 to 2010. She clerked for Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball from 2005 to 2007.
Beck graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University and magna cum laude from Loyola University’s College of Law, where she was a member of the Loyola Law Review. She is admitted to the Louisiana bar.
Suchitra J. Satpathi, who has handled state legislative affairs for Mayor Landrieu and the City of New Orleans since September 2010, will take on the additional responsibilities of overseeing federal affairs and managing appointments to City boards and commissions.
Satpathi has practiced law for over 10 years. She holds a Bachelor degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Master’s degree and law degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. Previously, she was an associate professor of English at Baton Rouge Community College and also served as the executive director for the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. As the executive director for the Black Caucus, she worked on legislative issues ranging from redistricting to economic development.