Special Prosecutor Steven Killelea has resigned from his post earlier this month after serving over two years.
In his February 5 letter to President Tommy Remengesau Jr., Kilelea said he is heading back to the United States with his family after his wife; Nicolle Fagan landed a job for the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium.
“Ultimately, I am giving notice of my resignation because my wife, Nicolle Fagan, co-founder of the Palau Legacy Project, has been extended an amazing opportunity to return to our hometown of Boston and take over the strategic marketing efforts for the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium,” Kilelea said in his letter.
He also thanked President Remengesau for giving him the opportunity to work during this administration.
Killelea said he is proud to have work with the Special Prosecutor’s Office “staffed with very capable and competent staff members who have strived to maintain the highest level of professionalism and ethics while investigating and prosecuting matters of public corruption and related crime.”
He also said in his letter that he would work with the Office of the President to ensure smooth transition to the new leadership.
President Remengesau has accepted Kilelea’s resignation.
Killelea was confirmed as Special Prosecutor in 2016- a position that has been vacant since 2010 because previous Senate has repeatedly rejected nominees to the controversial position.
The Special Prosecutor position has a term of five years.
Killelea first served as the assistant Interim Special Prosecutor in 2015. Before arriving in Palau he was an Assistant District Attorney for more than three years in the Suffolk County, in Massachusetts’s District Attorney’s Office. (Bernadette H. Carreon)