Decorated Second-in-Command of Massachusetts State Police Resigns after Superintendent Tends Resignation

Second-in-command Deputy Superintendent Francis Hughes resigned Tuesday after 31 years of service. He resigned amid a growing controversy surrounding altered arrest documents of a judge’s daughter.

State Police Dave Procopio, Director of Media Communications, said:

Traditionally, when a Colonel/Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police leaves his or her position, the Deputy Superintendent resigns as well to allow a new Colonel to select a second-in-command of his or her own choosing. As such, Deputy Superintendent Francis Hughes today retired from the State Police after a 31-year career.

Deputy Superintendent Hughes served honorably in numerous postings, including nearly 20 years in the Gang Unit, an important period at the State Police Academy, and several years as a deputy commander in the Division of Investigative Services. He is a past recipient of the Trooper George L. Hanna  Medal of Honor for Bravery and the Trooper of the Year Award.

The department has deep gratitude for his years of dedicated service.

His resignation comes days after former Superintendent Colonel Richard McKeon resigned amid allegations of an altered arrest report involving a state judge’s daughter.

Hughes is past recipient of the Trooper George L. Hanna Medal of Honor for Bravery and the Trooper of the Year Award.

Procopio concluded saying that “the department has deep gratitude for his years of dedicated service.”

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