Pennsylvania’s adjutant general takes paid leave of absence

    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 Maj. Gen. James Joseph, adjutant general, went on that status a day earlier.

    Deputy Brig. Gen. Anthony Carrelli is taking over as adjutant general on an interim basis.

    The press secretary for Gov. Tom Wolf said 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.

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