On June 14, 2006, Governor Mitt Romney swore in Mark Delaney
as the new Colonel and Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police
at a ceremony at the State Police General Headquarters in Framingham. The Governor praised Delaney for the exemplary performance and leadership he has shown over a 32-year career with the State Police.
"Mark Delaney is a respected leader both within and outside of the State Police," said Romney. "The priority he places on excellence and achievement will help the State Police maintain their status as one of the finest law enforcement organizations in the nation."
State law requires the Governor to select the Superintendent of State Police from within the department. All those holding the rank above lieutenant are eligible for the appointment. The Governor interviewed five final candidates for the position and named Delaney as Colonel on May 18, 2006. Delaney, 53, previously held the rank of Major. He replaces Colonel Thomas Robbins, who left the State Police after 26 years to become chief of police at Boston University.
"I would like to thank Governor Romney for the confidence he has shown in allowing me to lead this great organization forward," said Delaney. "I have complete faith and trust in the men and women of the State Police, and I look forward to continuing all that we do to keep the citizens of the Commonwealth safe and secure."
A 1974 State Police Academy graduate, Delaney has held a number of leadership positions within the State Police command staff. As Commander of the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office and Commander of the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Attorney General's Office, Delaney led many homicide, public corruption and white collar crime investigations.
In 2002, Delaney was named the Commander of Forensic Services at the State Police Crime Laboratory. Shortly after his appointment, he designed and implemented a strategic plan that dramatically improved the provision of forensic services across the Commonwealth, reducing the processing time for DNA samples from 12-15 months to 6-8 months. In 2003, he was asked by Governor Romney to lead a three member panel that investigated the events leading to the prison murder of inmate John Geoghan.
"Colonel Delaney's elevation by Governor Romney is the capstone of an outstanding career of service to our Commonwealth," said Public Safety Secretary Robert C. Haas. "This appointment is both an honor and a charge to Mark to lead this agency forward with the same energy and dedication he has always given it."
Delaney received his bachelor's degree from Boston State College and his master's degree from Anna Maria College. He has two adult children and resides with his wife in Burlington.
Created in 1865, the Massachusetts State Police is the nation's oldest statewide law enforcement agency and currently has approximately 2,400 sworn troopers.