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Kane taps Scranton native for communications post

First posted at 2:12 p.m.

July 18. 2013 7:15PM

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HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has named Scranton native Joseph C. Peters to the post of Senior Executive Deputy Attorney General in Charge of Communications.

Peters, 56, was a police officer in Scranton, after which he worked his way through law school. He then worked for the Office of Attorney General for 16 years. At the OAG, he headed up the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and later served as the Executive Deputy Attorney General of what was then known as the Drug and Organized Crime Division.

Peters was then designated as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General as an Organized Crime and Racketeering Prosecutor. In that role, Peters was on the prosecution team that convicted Philadelphia Mob Boss Nicodemo “Little Nicky” Scarfo, his under boss and 15 of his mafia associates.

Peters went on to work in the White House for four years under two presidents—Bill Clinton and George W. Bush—fighting terrorism and drugs. He currently is a life member of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association (PCPA), and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Peters serves on the IACP’s prestigious Committee on Terrorism.

As Communications Director, Peters will be responsible for all aspects of the OAG’s communications efforts. That will include the Press Office and the OAG’s Education and Outreach unit, which informs, educates and protects Pennsylvanians before they can be victimized.

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