Mass. State Police second in command steps down following resignation of superintendent

Francis Hughes is retiring after 31 years at the State Police

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BOSTON (WWLP) – The deputy superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police has resigned after 31 years of serving.

Director of Media Communications at the State Police Dave Procopio, said in a statement to 22News that, Deputy Superintendent Francis Hughes retired on Tuesday. This comes days after former Superintendent Colonel Richard McKeon resigned amid allegations of an altered arrest report involving a state judge’s daughter.

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Procopio stated:

Traditionally, when a Colonel/Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police leaves his or her position, the Deputy Superintendent resigns as well to allow a new Colonel to select a second-in-command of his or her own choosing. As such, Deputy Superintendent Francis Hughes today retired from the State Police after a 31-year career.

Deputy Superintendent Hughes served honorably in numerous postings, including nearly 20 years in the Gang Unit, an important period at the State Police Academy, and several years as a deputy commander in the Division of Investigative Services. He is a past recipient of the Trooper George L. Hanna  Medal of Honor for Bravery and the Trooper of the Year Award.

The department has deep gratitude for his years of dedicated service.

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Deputy Superintendent Hughes is a past recipient of the Trooper George L. Hanna Medal of Honor for Bravery and the Trooper of the Year Award.

Procopio concluded saying that “the department has deep gratitude for his years of dedicated service.”