Head of Boston FBI, familiar face during Marathon bomb probe, to retire

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers and other investigators release images taken from a security camera of persons of interest in the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon during a news conference on April 18, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Authorities investigating the attack on the Boston Marathon have shifted their focus on locating the person who placed a black bag down and walked away just before the bombs went off. The twin bombings at the 116-year-old Boston race, which occurred near the marathon finish line, resulted in the deaths of three people while hospitalizing at least 128. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Richard DesLauriers, the head of the Boston FBI office, spoke at the news conference April 18, where authorities released security camera images of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects.Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Richard DesLauriers, the head of the Boston FBI office who became a familiar face during the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, is retiring next month, the FBI said today in a statement.

Worcester, MA 051113 Richard DesLauriers (cq), Special Agent in Charge, Boston Division of the FBI, was the featured speaker and honorary degree recipient during commencement exercises at Assumption College in Worcester, Saturday, May 11 2013. (Staff Photo/Wendy Maeda) section: Metro slug: 12DesLauriers reporter: Akilah Johnson
Richard DesLauriers (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)The Boston Globe

DesLauriers, a native of Longmeadow, served more than 26 years with the agency, taking the helm in Boston in July 2010.

In addition to the Marathon bombings probe, he has overseen a number of other significant investigations, the agency said, including the arrest of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, the arrests of Russian “sleeper agents,” the arrest and conviction of two local homegrown terrorists, and the conviction of former Massachusetts House speaker Salvatore DiMasi. He also oversaw the investigation into the Gardner Museum art theft.

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DesLauriers said it had been an honor and a privilege to lead the Boston office.

“I thank the very hard-working women and men of the FBI for their dedicated public service to our great nation, and I thank our many law enforcement and United States Attorney’s Office partners for their enduring friendship and countless contributions to enhancing public safety and security across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine,” he said.

DesLauriers, with his trademark calm, “bookish” personality, and penchant for precision, set the tone for the 100-hour-long investigation that began with the April 15 bombings and ended with one suspect dead and a second suspect in custody on April 19, the Globe reported in April.

“I like to win and I hate to lose, and I try to bring that competitiveness to the workplace and apply it to my mission within the FBI, whatever that mission might be at any given time,’’ DesLauriers told the Globe.

A graduate of Assumption College, DesLauriers began FBI duty in January 1987. He previously served in the Birmingham, New York, and Washington, D.C., offices. In Washington, his assignments included a stint as deputy assistant director of counterintelligence.

DesLauriers has accepted a job as vice president of corporate security with the Penske Corp. in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., the statement said. His retirement is effective July 13, 2013.

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