When the Cat's Away...

November 21, 1010

It's becoming a kind of political ping pong. The controversial Deputy Secretary of the CNMI Department of Public Safety has been terminated by Acting Governor Eloy Inos once again while the governor is in California.

Last time Ambrosio Ogumoro was terminated from that position, Governor Fitial was also off-island. In a May 19, 2010 memo, DPS Commissioner Sandy Tudela terminated Ogumoro with the approval of Lt. Governor Inos while Fitial was off-island.  In July 2010 Governor Fitial reinstated Ogumoro.

Over the last few months several formal complaints have been filed against Ogumoro concerning hiring practices, harassment, intimidation, and retaliation for those who won't support him. Attorney Robert Torres cited cases where favoritism was evident regarding promotions and pay raises in DPS hiring practices. The Lt. Governor's daughter, Kay Inos resigned from the DPS in July 2010 immediately after Ogumoro was reinstated by Fitial.

Ogumoro publicly attacked those who criticized his questionable practices.  Some actions unrelated to personnel decisions have also been questioned. While at a DPS staff meeting, he reportedly instructed DPS personnel to bring food and drink to the political campaign of Covenant candidate Joseph Camacho, which is a violation of the Hatch Act.

Friday, November 19, 2010 Ogumoro was "relieved of his duties" once more:
In his Nov. 19 memorandum to DPS personnel, Commissioner Santiago F. Tudela said Ogumoro “is no longer employed with the department” effective Friday.

In a Nov. 18 letter to Ogumoro, which was concurred by acting Gov. Eloy S. Inos, Tudela said “two separate events have prompted” the deputy’s firing.

“Many concerns…have been raised about your conduct which resulted in an investigation by the Office of the Attorney General,” the letter stated.

It added, “The investigation substantiated that you violated the regulations of the department in the form of retaliation. The morale in the department is dismal and our mission to keep the public safe and uphold our laws is being compromised by your actions.”

According to Tudela, “Recent inquiries about your employment status from the payroll division of the Department of Finance resulted in the Office of Personnel Management’s verification of your legal status with the Department of Public Safety.”

Tudela said the verification disclosed that Ogumoro is “not currently employed by DPS.”

“Your employment contract as the range master expired on Sept. 30, 2010 which has not been renewed to date.
See also these posts on Ogumoro:

Election Gate: A Look at the Hatch Act
Expungement Act of 2010
Another Complaint Against Deputy Commissioner Ogumoro
Complaints Filed Against CNMI Officials
Law and No Order in the CNMI: Part II
Law and No Order in the CNMI
CNMI Law Enforcement Notes


Anonymous said...

This guy needs to go and stay gone.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't this guy a convicted felon? Was he given some kind of pardon by Fitial to accept this position?

Anonymous said...

See Ferdie de la Torre, “Shooting range master arrested -- Defendant allegedly threatened to shoot Fitial, blow up DPS,” Saipan Tribune, Saturday, February 11, 2006, available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=54757.

Ferdie de la Torre, “Search warrant covers house of acting police director,” Saipan Tribune, Monday, February 13, 2006 (affidavit by Detective Christopher Leon Guerrero , who is now suing DPS for his own non-promotion), available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=54803.

Ferdie de la Torre, “Range master Ogumoro is charged,” Saipan Tribune, Saturday, February 25, 2006, available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=55131.

Ferdie de la Torre, “Ogumoro brothers plead not guilty,” Saipan Tribune, Tuesday, February 28, 2006, available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=55217.

Ferdie de la Torre, “Ex-shooting range master says he wants to work again at DPS,” Saipan Tribune, Friday, March 3, 2006 (defense counsel Stephanie Flores), available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=55305.

Ferdie de la Torre, “Ogumoro asks court to combine his case with brother's,” Saipan Tribune, Saturday, March 4, 2006 (Aniceto's defense counsel Viola Alepuyo), available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=55381.

Ferdie de la Torre, “Williams suspends Ogumoro brothers,” Saipan Tribune, Thursday, March 16, 2006, available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=55722.

Ferdie de la Torre, “Detective takes witness stand in Capt. Ogumoro case hearing,” Saipan Tribune, Wednesday, March 29, 2006 (Detective Christopher Leon Guerrero; AAG Kristin Dawn St. Peter), available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=56112.

Ferdie de la Torre, “Govendo suppresses evidence vs Capt. Ogumoro,” Saipan Tribune, Thursday, March 30, 2006 (no probable cause to support search of defendants' houses on Capital Hill) (former police major Claudio K. Norita as defense expert witness in investigation procedures), available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=56160.

Ferdie de la Torre, “DPS, AGO told to improve probe techniques,” Saipan Tribune, Saturday, April 22, 2006 (written suppression order) (Detective Christopher Leon Guerrero failed to exercise due diligence in investigation and carelessly omitted material facts that would have altered court's finding of probable cause), available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=56839.


http://www.cnmilaw.org/pdf/superior_court/06-04-17-CR06-0038.pdf (Judge Govendo's order removed from Law Revision Commission website).

Anonymous said...

Ferdie de la Torre, “AGO appeals Govendo's ruling in Ogumoro case,” Saipan Tribune, Monday, May 29, 2006 (Chief Prosecutor Jeffery L. Warfield Sr.), available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=57899.

Ferdie de la Torre, “Ex-DPS range master Ogumoro pleads guilty,” Saipan Tribune, Wednesday, September 13, 2006 (expungement clause in plea agreement; Presiding Judge Naraja; final week of work for AAG Kristin Dawn St. Peter), available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=61039.

Ferdie de la Torre, “AGO moves to dismiss criminal case against suspended police captain,” Saipan Tribune, Saturday, December 2, 2006 (Chief Prosecutor Jeffery L. Warfield Sr. dismisses government appeal; Defense counsel Joseph James Norita Camacho), available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=63600.

Ferdie de la Torre, “Sources: [ Aniceto] Ogumoro named acting police chief,” Saipan Tribune, Friday, February 9, 2007 (by DPS Commissioner Rebecca Miller Warfield), available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=65577.

“Sources said Warfield will also transfer CIB commander Capt. Lawrence Camacho to the Bureau of Motor Vehicle effective this Sunday.

“A few months ago, the commissioner transferred the then CIB commander Maj. Edward H. Manalili to the Federal Bureau of Investigation-CNMI Task Force.

Detectives Chris Guerrero and Jessie Seman were also moved from CIB to patrol section.

“A DPS personnel who requested anonymity said a police officer recently “surfaced” to claim that the arrest of Ogumoro and his brother Ambrosio was a frame-up.

The officer allegedly mentioned [Juan] Wabol as “behind” the arrest, together with many officers, including Manalili, Deleon Guerrero, Camacho, Guerrero, and Seman.

“Ambrosio's former wife, who filed a complaint that Ambrosio beat her up, is Wabol's sister-in-law.

“Some DPS personnel said many in the department are talking about the reshuffle and speculating whether it is a form of retaliation.”

Id. (emphasis added).

Ferdie de la Torre, “[Aniceto] Ogumoro pulls Manalili out from FBI,” Saipan Tribune, Monday, February 12, 2007, available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=65622.

Anonymous said...

Ferdie de la Torre, “Conviction of ex-DPS range master vacated,” Saipan Tribune, Friday, September 19, 2008 (Defense counsel Edward Arriola Sr.; pursuant to plea agreement; Presiding Judge Naraja), available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=83628.

Ferdie de la Torre, “Ogumoro returns to post as DPS range master,” Saipan Tribune, Friday, October 10, 2008, available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=84279.

There are so many questionable characters at DPS, it is hard to know who to believe.

Do we believe former DPS deputy commissioner Juan Wabol (former brother-in-law of Ambrosio Ogumoro), Detective Christopher Leon Guerrero, and the others who are currently suing DPS for promotions?

Who were the DPS officers who signed the letter to the federal court seeking leniency for their former CIB commander colleague, convicted of stealing confidential informant funds? See Marian A. Maraya, “27 months for Delbert Sablan,” Saipan Tribune, Monday, February 4, 2002 (Defense counsel Pedro M. Atalig; AUSA John Joseph Rice), available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=17829.

Do we believe former DPS commissioners Rebecca Miller Warfield, Claudio K. Norita (who had his own falling out with Fitial) and Ambrosio Ogumoro, who have undertaken the thankless job of trying to instill discipline amidst the Blue Code?

Without further evidence, it is difficult indeed to know who to trust at DPS.

Anonymous said...

(10:13)He got his record "expunged" This is one of the things that Stanley has been pushing for, for ALL convicted "connected" in the NMI.

Wendy said...

Anonymous with the links

Thank you for the information. I did not know that there was such a tangled mess at DPS. it's difficult to tell who the "good guys" are.

Anonymous said...

No it's not. 99% if the Big "F" supports you, you are the bad guy.

Anonymous said...

Ambrose T. Ogumoro, “My turn to tell the truth,” Letter to the Editor, Saipan Tribune, Tuesday, September 30, 2008, available at http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=83926&cat=15.