Police Commissioner William Evans Appoints the Most Diverse Command Staff in the History of the Boston Police Department

A Message from Police Commissioner William Evans:

Mayor Martin Walsh and I are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Boston Police command staff. Over the course of the day, Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross and I met with each command staff member individually to discuss promotions and added responsibilities. 

I have the utmost confidence in the dedication, devotion and capabilities of each of these command staff members to work with myself and Mayor Walsh in our ongoing efforts to make Boston the safest city it can be. Both Mayor Walsh and I are confident that these promotions will continue to move us forward as we work closely with our community partners. And, we are most pleased that the makeup of this command staff underscores our commitment to a police department that represents and reflects the diversity of the neighborhoods that it serves. 

Said Mayor Martin Walsh, "I commend Commissioner Evans on these selections today. We've stressed over and over again the importance of the Boston Police Department reflecting the diversity of our City, and these appointments are clearly a key step forward. Each member of this command staff brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Police Department and they will serve as a foundation for keeping our kids and families safe."

The promotions which will take effect tomorrow are as follows:

  • Superintendent William Gross to Superintendent-in-Chief
  • Deputy Superintendent Randall Halstead to Superintendent, Night Command
  • Deputy Superintendent Lisa Holmes to Superintendent, Bureau of Professional Development (Police Academy)
  • Deputy Superintendent Bernard O’Rourke to Superintendent, Bureau of Field Services
  • Lt. Detective Robert Merner to Superintendent, Bureau of Investigative Services
  • Lt. William Ridge to Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Field Services, Assistant Chief
  • Lt. Gerard Bailey to Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Field Services, Field Support Unit (Youth Violence Strike Force and School Police Unit)
  • Lt. James Chin to Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Professional Standards (Internal Affairs Division)
  • Lt. Joseph Harris to Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Field Services, Zone 2 Commander
  • Lt. Dennis White to Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Field Services, Night Command
  • Sgt. Det. John Brown to Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Investigative Services, Criminal Investigations Division
  • Sgt. Det. Norma Ayala Leong to Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Investigative Services, Major Case Division
  • Sgt. Det. Jeffrey Walcott to Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Investigative Services, Family Justice Center

The following will have new assignments:

  • Superintendent Kevin Buckley to Superintendent, Office of the Police Commissioner
  • Deputy Superintendent Steven Whitman to Deputy Superintendent, Labor Relations
  • Deputy Superintendent Kelly Nee to Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis
  • Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey to Lt. Detective, Bureau of Professional Development (Police Academy)
  • Superintendent Paul Joyce, Jr. to Sgt. Detective, Office of the Chief
  • Deputy Superintendent Juan Torres to Sergeant, Bureau of Field Services

The following will remain in their current assignments:

  • Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald, Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis (BRIC)
  • Superintendent Frank Mancini, Bureau of Professional Standards
  • Deputy Superintendent Colm Lydon, Administrative Hearings
  • Deputy Superintendent John Daley, Information Systems Group
  • Deputy Superintendent Michael Cox, Operations Division
  • Deputy Superintendent Nora Baston, Community Outreach

In addition to the above, I am proud to announce that two of our current command staff members will be returning to the community as district commanders.  Superintendent Kenneth Fong will be the new Captain of District A-1 (Downtown) while Deputy Superintendent Al Andres will be the new Captain at District E-13 (Jamaica Plain).  Both Al and Kenny are experienced leaders who will work closely and effectively with the residents, business community and visitors to Boston. 

These moves further reflect our commitment to diversity at the district level.

Finally, I want to thank those members of the current Command Staff for their service, dedication and contributions to improving public safety and quality of life in all of our neighborhoods for all of our citizens.