Del. state police superintendent stepping down

June 30, 2009 10:55:59 AM PDT
The superintendent of the Delaware State Police is stepping down after five years as head of the agency. Col. Thomas Mac Leish will retire Wednesday. He would have been required to step down in August, when he reaches the agency's mandatory retirement age of 55.

He's been a state trooper for nearly 32 years and took over the agency's top post in an acting capacity in 2004. He was appointed permanently to the position of superintendent in 2005.

Mac Leish says in a statement that he's been "blessed" to work for the agency for so long and that it's been "an absolute honor and privilege" to lead its more than 900 employees, including 671 sworn troopers.

Majors Joe Papili and Randall Hughes will lead the state police until a replacement is named.

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