Corbett names corrections, police heads; inaugural website goes live

Make it three nominees for Gov-elect Corbett's new cabinet.

Today Corbett  - the current state Attorney General - named the top investigator in his office to lead the Pennsylvania State Police and a central Pennsylvania county jail warden to head the state Corrections Department.

Corbett will be sworn in as Pennsylvania's 46th governor on Jan. 18.

Frank Noonan, 64, Corbett's chief of criminal investigations, spent more than 25 years with the FBI before joining the attorney general's office.

John Wetzel, 41, is the warden of the Franklin County jail and was appointed by Gov. Ed Rendell in 2007 to serve on the state Board of Pardons.

Last week Corbett named coal company operator C. Alan Walker, 66, of Clearfield, as the secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Develpment. Walker is the president and CEO of Bradford Energy Company, Inc. and currently serves as a member and is past chairman of the board of directors of both the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and the Pennsylvania Coal Association.

All cabinet nominees must be confirmed by the state Senate.

In other Corbett gubernatorial news, the inauguration website is now live. If you are interested in attending any of the inauguration festivities, including the gala ball, you may buy tickets on the site. Tickets are already sold out for the family arts celebration on Jan. 17 at the Whitaker Performing Arts Center, but some may be available in January. Inauguration day mass will be held at 7:45 on Jan. 18 preceeding the swearing-in ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. for Corbett and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jim Cawley of Bucks County. The inaugural ball gets underway at 7:30 p.m. that evening at the Farm Show arena.

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