Pa. adjutant general resigns after leave of absence

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 11, 2016 11:11 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- The unexplained leave of absence of Governor Tom Wolf's appointee to lead the Pennsylvania National Guard and the state Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs is now permanent.

Wolf's office released a two-sentence statement that James Joseph resigned today as adjutant general, nearly two months after he went on a paid leave of absence. 

It says Deputy Brigadier General Anthony Carrelli will continue as the interim adjutant general.

The governor's office hasn't discussed Josephs' situation and gave no explanation for his resignation.

WITF reported in Februrary an anonymous letter was sent to multiple state legislators requesting an investigation into Joseph  for alleged sexual harassment.

Josephs hasn't spoken publicly about the matter. 

He was a Hazleton police chief and under former Governor Ed Rendell he directed the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. 

Carrelli is an Air Force Academy graduate who's been with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard since 1999. 

He has previously been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan

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