Behind the Crime Scene - A True Crime Podcast
If Gina and Tracy were to go Behind the Crime Scene to describe Sheriff Hutchins, they'd call her a trailblazer. With 40 years of law enforcement experience, being involved in a deadly shooting and many other mind-blowing critical incidents, they'd also call her calm, cool and collected, a great leader and a tremendous role model to them both.
A Southern California native, Sheriff Hutchins began her career in law enforcement as a secretary for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. After some deputies encouraged her to apply for the deputy position, she graduated from the Sheriff's Academy in 1978. She rose through the ranks to achieve Division Chief of Homeland Security.
In 2007, then Orange County, California Sheriff Mike Corona was indicted by the FBI on federal corruption charges, alleging he used his office for personal financial gain. The Orange County
Board of Supervisors did a nationwide search which included a field of 48 candidates. Sheriff Hutchens then became the 12th Orange County Sheriff and the first and only woman to serve as the county's top cop.
In this truly inspiring Bonus Episode, Sheriff Hutchins talks about her shooting, leadership, being a woman in a male dominated field and how not to take things personally.