Alberto Gonzales, Department of Justice, Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs: Rearranging the Proverbial Deck Chairs at Main Justice?

Alberto Gonzales 5 Alberto R Gonzales Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgThese aren’t the happiest of times for the U.S. Department of Justice. Although the Alberto Gonzales no-confidence resolution probably won’t change anything — if President Bush intended to dump the AG, wouldn’t he have done so by now? — it still can’t be fun.
Despite the troubles at the top, there are still numerous Justice Department officials who remain committed to doing the work of the Department, amidst all of the political upheaval. Here are some recent notable moves and promotions at the DOJ (announced internally on Friday):

* Ron Tenpas, formerly an Associate Deputy Attorney General, to be Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division.

* David Hagy, to be Director of the National Institute of Justice.

* Ryan Bounds, promoted to Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy (where he will remain Chief of Staff).

The exceptionally well-dressed Mr. Bounds may be best known to ATL readers by his alternate title: head of the Office of Sartorial Counsel.
While we’re on the subject of Main Justice, we’ve been hearing interesting rumors about some possible departures at the Assistant Attorney General (AAG) level. If you have some information to share, please email us (subject line: “DOJ Musical Chairs”). Thanks.

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