Attorney General Joey P. San Nicolas has confirmed that the position of interim chief prosecutor will be handled by assistant attorney general Brian Flaherty and interim first assistant will be managed by assistant attorney general Bobbie Cepeda. Both will assume their respective posts beginning Feb. 3, 2014.
"It is with pleasure that I announce our interim officials who will be supervising the Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Division during the ongoing reorganization of our office,” stated San Nicolas. “Mr. Flaherty will head the division as interim chief prosecutor and Ms. Cepeda as interim first assistant. I have great confidence that their experience and competence will successfully carry out this reorganization in the criminal division."
Flaherty has been an assistant attorney general for the CNMI Office of the Attorney General since 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. Prior to becoming an attorney, Flaherty had a decade of experience in project management, communications and government affairs.
Cepeda brings with her 16 years of legal experience. Cepeda began her legal career as a law clerk to Presiding Judge Alberto C. Lamorena III and moved on to become an AAG for the Criminal Division of the Guam Office of the Attorney General. In 2003, Cepeda became deputy AG for the Child Support Enforcement Division where she directed the development and implementation of local policies and procedures for child support, in addition to managing the fiscal accountability of the division. Before embarking on her journey to the CNMI, Cepeda worked as a legal counsel for the Lt. Governor of Guam. She earned her law degree from the University of Oregon Law School. (OAG)