Pennsylvania's adjutant general takes paid leave of absence

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 15, 2016 2:00 PM

Photo by Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs

(Harrisburg) -- The man who heads the Pennsylvania National Guard and the state Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs is taking a paid leave of absence, and the governor's office isn't saying why.

The administration said Friday that Adjutant General James Joseph went on that status a day earlier.

Deputy Brigadier General Anthony Carrelli is taking over as adjutant general on an interim basis.

The press secretary for Gov. Tom Wolf says Joseph's leave is a personnel matter that he can't comment on.

Joseph is a former director of the state emergency management agency. He's also a former Hazleton police chief.

Carrelli is a graduate of the Air Force Academy. He's been with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard since 1999.

Carrelli's been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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