New Attorney General fires two top Kane staffers
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer today confirmed two personnel changes within the Office of Attorney General.
Termination letters were served today on Chief of Staff Jonathan A. Duecker and Senior Supervisory Special Agent Patrick Reese.
Reese was Kane’s driver and confidant. The former police chief was convicted in a two day bench trial in December of contempt for violating Judge Carpenter’s protective order barring the attorney general’s from meddling or intimidating witnesses in the grand jury investigation. Reese was sentenced to 3 to 6 months of jail with no time off for good behavior, fined $1,000 and ordered to serve 100 hours of community service for snooping through co-workers emails related to the investigation of a grand jury leak.
Kane kept Reese on the payroll for more than eight months after his conviction. His salary was nearly $100,000.
Duecker was named acting chief of staff by Kane in April 2015. Duecker was regarded by many as Kane’s right hand man. She even fired a human resources official, George Moore, who recommended dismissing Duecker because two female staffers filed sexual harassment complaints against him.