HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The new Attorney General in Pennsylvania, Bruce Beemer, has fired two top aides to his predecessor, Kathleen Kane, on his second day after being sworn in.
The Attorney General’s office put out a brief statement that reads “termination letters were served on Chief of Staff Jonathan Duecker and Senior Supervisory Special Agent Patrick Reese.”
Both had worked there since early 2013, when Kathleen Kane first took office.
Reese, who was formerly the head of Kane’s security detail and her driver, was accused of rifling through his colleague’s emails in the office to learn who might testify against Kane. He is appealing his contempt conviction.
Duecker had been the subject of sexual harassment complaints in the Attorney General’s office.
Castor still holds his current position as First Deputy Attorney General. The former Montgomery County DA and Commissioner was hired by Kane in March and promoted to second in command.
When she resigned in mid-August after her perjury conviction, Castor became acting AG for less than two weeks.