BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has named a new head of the embattled Massachusetts State Police as the agency works to regain the public trust.
Baker said Wednesday that Lt. Col. Christopher Mason will replace Col. Kerry Gilpin, who announced last week she is retiring as state police superintendent.
Mason, a 26-year veteran of the department, will lead the 2,200-member force at a time when it has been rocked by waves of corruption, mismanagement and misconduct scandals — including a yearslong overtime abuse scheme.
Mason said his priorities include relying less on what he described as “paramilitary” policing tactics, expanding diversity among the state police ranks, and increasing mandatory ethics training focusing on time and attendance issues.
Mason steps into his new leadership role as state police superintendent on Friday.