The top lawyer under Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord is preparing to be sworn in, following McCord's resignation amid a federal criminal investigation.
Chief counsel Christopher Craig said late Friday afternoon that he was designated as McCord's successor under a plan revised in December. Craig says the office is waiting for McCord's formal resignation, after which a notary in the office is expected to administer the oath of office.
Craig calls his elevation to the top job "bittersweet," and describes McCord's resignation as "very awful for us."
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The Pennsylvania treasurer is one of the state's three independently elected row officers, along with auditor general and attorney general.
Gov. Tom Wolf will nominate someone to fill out the final two years of McCord's term.
Wolf and McCord are both Democrats.