Retiring Republican State Auditor Tom Wagner announced Wednesday he is appointing the GOP candidate for that office to serve as deputy auditor.
James Spadola will fill the role in a part-time capacity. The former Newark police officer is running against Democrat Kathy McGuiness to replace Wagner.
Wagner says he decided to appoint Spadola deputy because he needs a kidney transplant, which could happen at any point in the next few weeks. He says he feels comfortable with Spadola running things.
“I needed somebody that I could trust in the office - sort of being my eyes and ears in the office," said Wagner. "Again, emphasizing I want the audit staff totally focused on auditing.”
Wagner adds a key staff member is leaving and the office is short-staffed.
In a statement, Spadola says he’s honored by Wagner’s trust and will be fair and nonpartisan.