David W. Hagy, a former official in Houston and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was nominated this week by President Bush to head the National Institute of Justice, the Justice Department’s research arm. NIJ is a prime national funder of anticrime research. The selection of Hagy, who has been heading the agency on an acting basis, suggests that the Bush administration will not go outside of the Justice Department to fill the job during its remaining year and a half in office.
Hagy has served in the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness at the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, he was chief of staff for Harris County, Tx., Judge Robert Eckels. Hagy received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Tulane University.