- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 20, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has named a new interim chief to the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

D.C. Deputy Attorney General Robert Hildum is replacing Marc Schindler, who has been serving as interim director. Officials say Schindler’s 180-day term ends Aug. 2, and the search continues for an acting director.

The move comes after officials raised concerns about the agency losing track of some youth under its supervision, including three teenagers charged in the killing of a D.C. middle school principal in April. However, the agency has said the number of youth fleeing from supervision has dropped to about 8 percent this year.

Some juvenile justice advocates expressed outrage over the announcement, saying Mr. Schindler was a catalyst for reform within the agency.