- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The man who’s been the top lawyer under Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord is now running the agency as executive deputy state treasurer, following McCord’s resignation amid a federal criminal investigation.

Chief counsel Christopher Craig took the oath of office late Friday afternoon.

He’d been designated as McCord’s successor under a plan revised in December.

Craig calls his elevation to the top job “bittersweet,” and describes McCord’s resignation as “very awful for us.”

The Pennsylvania treasurer is one of the state’s three independently elected row officers, along with auditor general and attorney general. The treasury department is the custodian of state funds, investing billions of taxpayer dollars and paying the state government’s workers and bills.

Gov. Tom Wolf plans to nominate someone to fill out the final two years of McCord’s term.

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