President Obama announced today that he has tapped former Spitzer/Paterson administration commissioner Denise O’Donnell to serve as director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the Department of Justice.

O’Donnell most recently served as state deputy secretary for Public Safety, but resigned in the wake of the David Johnson domestic violence scandal. She was initially appointed in 2007 by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer to the post of commissioner of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.

O’Donnell, a former US attorney (during the Clinton years) who hails from Buffalo, ran an unsuccessful campaign for attorney general in 2006 and dropped out shortly after failing to get onto the ballot at the state Democratic convention in Buffalo.

She mulled a run this year, too, but ended up taking a pass and endorsing the lone woman in the race: Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice.

Rice lost to now AG-elect Eric Schneiderman in the five-way Democratic primary this past September. Schneiderman went on to defeat Republican Staten Island DA Dan Donovan in the November general election.