BOSTON (AP) — The FBI’s Boston office has a new leader.

Vincent Lisi will succeed Richard DesLauriers as special agent in charge of the Boston office. DesLauriers announced last month he was retiring after more than 26 years with the FBI. The appointment was announced Wednesday by FBI director Robert Mueller.

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Lisi has been with the FBI since 1989, serving most recently as deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division in Washington, D.C.

In 2001, Lisi helped lead the investigation of the 2001 Anthrax letter attacks.

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He also served as a legal attache in Yemen.

DesLauriers had served as special agent since July 2010 and was a key figure in the probe of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings. He said he was most proud of his role in the apprehension of reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.

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