Kerry Gilpin appointed as new head of Mass. State Police

Governor Charlie Baker swore in Kerry Gilpin as the new head of the state police on Wednesday. –Mass. State Police

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed a new superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police following the resignation of Col. Richard McKeon amid claims he ordered a trooper to alter a police report on the arrest of a judge’s daughter.

Baker announced Wednesday that he has appointed Col. Kerry Gilpin as the new state police superintendent. The appointment is effective immediately.

Gilpin, a 23-year state police veteran, most recently served as deputy division commander of the Division of Standards and Training. Her appointment is effective immediately.

The Republican governor says Gilpin ‘‘brings decades of experience and knowledge to her post, with a deep understanding of the state police force at every level.’’

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McKeon resigned as superintendent on Friday.

On Tuesday his second-in-command, former Deputy Superintendent Francis Hughes, also retired.

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