David Hagy, a former official in the Texas government and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has been designated to run the National Institute of Justice–the Justice Department’s resarch agency–at least temporarily. Hagy succeeds Glenn Schmitt, who left last week as NIJ’s acting director. The Justice Department did not name Hagy acting director but rather as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, “giving him authority to run the agency until a presidential nomination is announced.”
Hagy is former chief of staff and policy director for Harris County, Tx. (Houston). Starting in 2003, he served as U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge’s liaison to mayors and other local officials. He joined the Office of Justice Programs, which includes NIJ, last year, to coordinate policy and budget issues. Hagy has an undergraduate degree in economics from Texas A&M University, and a masters and Ph.D. in political science from Tulane University.