Attorney General-elect George Jepsen says even most of his closest advisors did not know he was bringing Nora Dannehy on board as his deputy. If Jepsen was going for a big name in law enforcement, he is getting one in Dannehy.

Jepsen told The Hanging Shad last evening that his key hire was a closely guarded secret. “Almost right up until the final moment, I didn’t tell anyone because I wanted to make sure it was done before word got out. She is going to a great addition to the team,” he said.

Dannehy is the federal prosecutor who handled the corruption cases of former Gov. John Rowland and former state Treasurer Paul Silvester. She has been an assistant U.S. attorney in Connecticut since 1991, and has headed the Financial Fraud and Public Corruption Unit since last summer. “I’m honored that George chose me,” Dannehy said late last week. “This is a wonderful opportunity for a new professional challenge and to continue to serve the citizens of Connecticut.”