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Limtiaco to assume US attorney’s post next week

HAGÅTÑA — Attorney General Alicia Limtiaco will be sworn in as U.S. attorney for Guam and the CNMI at the U.S. District Court on June 21.

The Guam AG’s Office spokesman Eric Palacios said the details regarding the ceremony were still being discussed.
Limtiaco has recommended Phil Tydingco, chief deputy attorney general, to replace her in an acting capacity until the new AG is elected in this year’s elections, but an administration official, who requested anonymity, said Gov. Felix P. Camacho is not inclined to appoint him.

According to the source, the governor is considering  Elizabeth Cruz or Gary Gumataotao.

Cruz is the widow of former senator and surgeon Dr. Edwardo Cruz.

Gumataotao is the  first cousin of first lady Joann Camacho. Gumataotao and attorney Tom Fisher both picked up election packets for the attorney general position.

Fisher is also the legal counsel to the Republican minority in the Legislature.

The source  said although Cruz and Gumataotao are on the governor’s shortlist, another name that has sprung up is outgoing U.S. Attorney Lenny Rapadas.

Gumataotao is the legal counsel to the Guam Education Policy Board.

Cruz was employed as an assistant attorney general and also served as the director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse by appointment of the governor for a brief period. She is currently working as one of the governor’s legal counsels.

Charlene Calip, the governor’s spokeswoman, said yesterday the governor will appoint a replacement by the time Limtiaco is sworn in.

Limtiaco will replace Rapadas, whose term is up.