- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The unexplained leave of absence of Gov. 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 said in a two-sentence statement that James Joseph resigned Friday as adjutant general, nearly two months after he went on a paid leave of absence.

The governor’s office hasn’t discussed Josephs’ situation and gave no explanation for his resignation. It says Deputy Brigadier General Anthony Carrelli will continue as the interim adjutant general.

Josephs hasn’t spoken publicly about the matter.

He was a Hazleton police chief and under former Gov. 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. Carrelli’s been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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