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Birnbrich appointed AG

GOVERNOR Eloy S. Inos yesterday nominated acting Attorney General Gilbert Birnbrich to the AG’s position.

If confirmed by the Senate, Birnbrich will serve until the elected AG is sworn in in January.

In his appointment letter, the governor told the acting AG, “I am confident that you will perform the duties of the attorney general commendably and ensure that the objectives and mission of the Office of Attorney General are fully realized during this period and in preparation for an elected attorney general.”

Birnbrich became acting AG after then-AG Joey Patrick San Nicolas resigned on June 4. San Nicolas is now running for Tinian mayor on the Republican ticket.

The governor informed Senate President Ralph DLG Torres, R-Saipan, of Birnbrich’s nomination.

Gilbert Birnbrich

In a statement, Press Secretary Angel A. Demapan said Birnbrich has been with the AGO for the last few years and previously served as chief of the civil division before being tapped as deputy AG under then-AG San Nicolas.

“Should Birnbrich’s nomination be confirmed, he will become the CNMI’s last appointed attorney general as voters will elect an attorney general for the first time in the upcoming general elections,” Demapan said.

Inos said, “I am confident that Mr. Birnbrich is qualified to fulfill the vital responsibilities of this office and to provide the necessary leadership in preparation for an elected attorney general.”

He added, “With still five months before the first elected attorney general assumes office, I must uphold the spirit of our Constitution by ensuring that we have an attorney general for the commonwealth.”

Birnbrich, for his part, thanked the governor, as well as those who he has worked with for their trust in him.

Those who are running for AG in November are retired Judge Edward Manibusan and former Assistant AG Mike Evangelista.