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State Police Col. Marian McGovern Announces Retirement

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Colonel Marian McGovern at the dedication of the Woburn Post Office. (Photo from Mass.gov)

Colonel Marian McGovern at the dedication of the Woburn Post Office. (Photo from Mass.gov)

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FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – Massachusetts State Police Colonel Marian McGovern has announced plans to retire in July.

“It has been an honor to have spent more than 30 years working for the greatest law enforcement agency in the world,” said Colonel McGovern. “I appreciate the opportunity Governor Patrick gave me and the trust he had in me and my ability to lead the Massachusetts State Police forward.”

McGovern has been with the State Police since 1979 and is the first woman to lead the department.

“Her service has been marked by strong leadership, openness and vision, producing the first new class of recruits in many years,” says Governor Deval Patrick. “The quality and professionalism of her command has made us all proud.”

McGovern’s last day is expected to be July 13. A successor has not yet been named. The selection process will take place over the next several weeks.

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