Jody Hunt, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, informed staff in an e-mail Tuesday that he will resign from his role, effective July 3.
The e-mail announcement, reported by multiple outlets, represents another planned departure among key DOJ staff in recent days. Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, head of the Criminal Division, announced last week he will step down on July 3, and Solicitor General Noel Francisco confirmed Wednesday that he too will depart the agency on July 3.
Hunt was confirmed as assistant attorney general for the Civil Division in August 2018. A veteran at the Department, Hunt previously served as chief of staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions after 15 years in the role of director of the Federal Programs Branch in the Civil Division.
The Civil Division’s role is to represent the United States, its departments and agencies, members of Congress, cabinet officers, and other federal employees in any civil or criminal matter within its scope of responsibility. The Division is the largest litigating component of the Justice Department.