Governor Charlie Baker announced the appointment of Major Richard McKeon as Superintendent and Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) today.

Major McKeon, who has been serving the commonwealth with the MSP for 33 years, said he would like to thank the governor, lieutenant governor and secretary for their faith and support.

“During my 33 years in the State Police I have been fortunate to receive a great deal of knowledge and guidance from the many professionals within the Department … ” he said. “I look forward to putting all that I have learned to work on behalf of the public that we serve each day.”

Governor Baker also took this time to thank retiring superintendent Colonel Timothy Alben for his leadership and over three decades of service with the Massachusetts State Police. “I thank Colonel Alben for his decades of service to the State Police and the people of the Commonwealth, and look forward to seeing their strong tradition continue under the leadership of Major McKeon as we continue striving to make Massachusetts a safer place to live, work and raise our families,” said Baker.

Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett also expressed his thanks to Colonel Alben while conveying his appreciation for the Major Mckeon’s work. “His [Mckeon’s] dedication, integrity and respect for his fellow law enforcement, members of the community and victims of crime will serve the Commonwealth well as Superintendent of the State Police," said Bennett. “I also want to thank Colonel Alben for all he has done to advance the mission of the State Police and for his leadership of the men and women that put their lives on the line every day.”

McKeon, is most notably recognized for his for his response and investigation throughout the Boston Marathon Bombings. He currently serves as the Deputy Division Commander of the Division of Investigative Services where he is responsible for oversight of investigative units, administrative resources and intergovernmental coordination with local, state and federal law enforcement is recognized.

Major McKeon’s appointment will be effective on July 12.