Glenn Schmitt, a former congressional aide who has served as Deputy Director of the National Institute of Justice, the U.S. Justice Department’s crime research arm, has been named acting director of the agency by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Schmitt replaces Sarah Hart, who resigned to teach criminal justice at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Schmitt has been serving in the U.S. military in Iraq for the last year. He plans to assume his duties at NIJ on Oct. 17, with assistant director John Morgan running the agency in the meantime. Schmitt had served as the Chief Counsel to the Subcommittee on Crime of the House Committee on the Judiciary before joining the Justice Department in 2001. From 1986 to 1992, he practiced commercial litigation with the Cleveland and Washington offices of Thompson, Hine and Flory, a 400-lawyer firm headquartered in Cleveland.