Incoming Attorney General Kathleen Kane has named ex-Rendell aide Adrian King as her top deputy.
King, a partner with the Philadelphia law firm Ballard Spahr, who served as the director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in the Rendell administation, will be Kane's new first deputy, according to a source close to Kane.
Kane. a Democrat who is to be sworn in on Jan. 15, is expected to announce the top members of her legal team later today.
King, who attended Temple Law School with Kane in the early 1990s, also served as Rendell's deputy chief of staff before returning to private practice.
At Ballard, King was a lead attorney on a controversial $1.8 milion no-bid contract awarded as part of Rendell's failed proposal to privatize the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Most of the top deputies now serving on Attorney General Linda Kelly are expected to be replaced.
But Kelly's chief of staff, Bruce Beemer, will stay on as the lead prosecutor in the Sandusky-related cases against ex-Penn State administrators, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley.
King who specializes in business and finance law, does not have prosecutorial experience.
King is married to the sister of John Estey, Rendell's former chief of staff and now an officer of the Hershey Trust - the subject of an ongoing attorney general review.