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Outgoing State Police head files for six-figure pension

In this April 2, 2018 file photo, Massachusetts State Police Col. Kerry Gilpin speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston.
In this April 2, 2018 file photo, Massachusetts State Police Col. Kerry Gilpin speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston. –AP Photo/Steven Senne, File

Kerry A. Gilpin steps down as the top commander of the Massachusetts State Police on Friday and has applied for her six-figure state pension, which she has indicated she will split with her wife, who is also a State Police trooper.

In records filed with the state Retirement Board, Gilpin noted that she has worked for the department for the past 25 years and nearly six months and that her last day of work is Nov. 15 — this Friday. Her first day of work was logged as May 31, 1994.

State retirees have three options when they put in their papers: a pension with no survivor benefits, a lump sum payment to a beneficiary in the “event of an early death,’’ and finally, a joint survivor allowance, which offers reduced payments but also covers a surviving spouse.

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