Mary Lou Leary, a veteran U.S. Justice Department administrator and prosecutor, has been named deputy director for state, local, and tribal affairs at the Office of National Drug Control Policy by President Obama. Leary has been serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Justice Programs at DOJ, a position she has held since 2009. She was the executive director at the National Center for Victims of Crime from 2005 to 2009.
Previously, Leary held various positions in OJP and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia, and was acting director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services at DOJ in 1999. She has degrees from Syracuse University, Ohio State University, and Northeastern University School of Law. At the drug control agency, Leary replaces Benjamin Tucker, who left to join New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton as head of the city’s police training academy and who may be in line for a major promotion.