MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Just hours after being convicted of perjury, Kathleen Lane is out — resigning from office in a brief statement.
The Scranton native writing, “I have been honored to serve the people of Pennsylvania and I wish them health and safety in all their days.”
Kane will step down Wednesday at the close of business and Bruce Castor, the first deputy attorney general of Pennsylvania will take over.
“I feel like I do have my hands around it and will be able to manage it for as long as the governor requires” Bruce Castor, First Deputy Attorney General
Governor Tom Wolf, in a statement, said of Kane’s resignation:
“Her decision to resign is the right one and will allow the people of Pennsylvania to finally move on from this.”
Castor says his biggest challenges and goals will be to restore the public’s confidence in the office of Attorney General — as well as morale within the department itself.
“The ability of any government agency — certainly a law enforcement agency is dependent upon the public’s willingness to believe that the decision makers are making decisions based on the law and the evidence”
Castor could lead the attorney generals office up until next January — when a newly elected AG takes over — but that is not guaranteed.
Governor Wolf could nominate someone different to replace Kane. That person would then have to be approved by 2/3’s of the state senate.