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Portland Diocese hires Maine’s former Secret Service resident agent in charge

Posted Feb. 19, 2013, at 4:07 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Diocese of Portland is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael Magalski as the director of the Office of Professional Responsibility. Magalski succeeds Deacon John Brennan, who is retiring after serving as the director since 2002.

The Office of Professional Responsibility investigates all complaints that have been filed against members of the clergy, employees and volunteers of the Diocese of Portland, protecting the rights of both the accuser and the accused throughout the investigation.

Magalski had a distinguished career as a member of the United States Secret Service. The 52-year-old was the resident agent in charge for the state of Maine, acting in that capacity for 17 years until his retirement in January.

“Hopefully, I can use the skills I’ve developed over the years to help the [Catholic] Church in some way,” said Magalski. “The church and our faith play a big role in our family and in my life.”

The Cleveland, Ohio, native calls Maine “his adopted home” after serving the U.S. Secret Service for nearly 30 years, handling investigations that ranged from fraud to high-tech computer crime, including cases involving missing and exploited children.

“What I’ve learned over my years as a criminal investigator is the truth comes out,” said Magalski. “If you do a good investigation, the truth comes out.”

Brennan, who was ordained as a deacon in 1998, came to the diocese after a 26-year career as a member of the Portland Police Department, including a decade as the department’s deputy police chief.

For more information, contact Dave Guthro, communications director at the Diocese of Portland, at (207) 321-7810.

 

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