Gov. Deval Patrick has sworn in Lt. Col. Timothy Alben as the new superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.
The 30-year state police veteran was named on Friday to succeed
Marian McGovern as head of the 2,300-member department.
McGovern, the first woman to head the state police, announced
plans to retire earlier this month, and Friday was her last day on the
Gov. Patrick said McGovern had done a “magnificent job.”
The 53-year-old Alben began his career as a state trooper in
1983 and previously served as an investigator in the Hampden
District Attorney’s office and as head of the state police
organized crime unit in western Massachusetts.
The East Longmeadow native’s most recent assignment was
commander of the Division of Field Services, the largest entity
within the state police.