Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Evans Appoint Four New Members to the BPD Command Staff

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Police Commissioner William Evans welcomed three new sergeants to his command staff, while promoting a Deputy Superintendent to take the place of recently retired Superintendent Bernard O’Rourke.

Today, Commissioner Evans named Deputy Superintendent William Ridge to Superintendent, Chief of the Bureau of Field Services. Superintendent Ridge is a 32-year veteran of the department whose past assignments include District D-4 (South End), the Anti-Crime Unit, Mobile Operations, District A-1 (Downtown), District B-2 (Roxbury), and Special Events.

Commissioner Evans also promoted Sergeant Detective Winifred Cotter, a 30-year veteran of the force and currently assigned to the Dignitary Protection Unit, to the rank of Deputy Superintendent in the Office of the Police Commissioner. Sergeant Detective Marcus Eddings assigned to the Homicide Unit and supervisor of the Fatal Collision Investigative Team was promoted to Deputy Superintendent of the Criminal Investigative Division. Finally, Sergeant Beth Donovan, assigned to the Special Events Unit and with 21 years on the job, was promoted to Deputy Superintendent of the Bureau of Field Services.

“I’m excited about the new additions to our command staff and I'm highly confident our promotees will excel and thrive in their new positions,” said Commissioner Evans. “All four of these officers are dedicated and devoted to making our city one of the safest big cities in America and I look forward to monitoring their progress and contributions to the Boston Police Department moving forward.”