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Chief of FBI’s Boston Office to Step Down


BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB/AP) — A western Mass. native, who currently serves as the head of Boston’s FBI office, has announced his retirement from government service.

Richard DesLauriers announced Tuesday he will step down next month after more than 26 years with the FBI.

DesLauriers, a Longmeadow native, has been Special Agent in Charge of Boston’s FBI office since 2010, and with the agency since January 1987.

During his tenure in Boston, he has played a role in the apprehension of fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger; the arrests of two Boston-area Russian “sleeper” agents; the arrest and terrorism convictions of Tarek Mehanna and Rezwan Ferdaus; the arrest and convictions of two major Mafia figures; and the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings.

“It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve for the past three years as SAC of the Boston Division of the FBI. 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,” DesLauriers says in a statement.

DesLauriers has accepted a position as vice president of corporate security with Penske Corp. in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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