Mayor Menino Appoints William Evans Interim Police Commissioner

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today appointed Superintendent William B. Evans to Interim Police Commissioner of the Boston Police Department.

Commissioner Evans will serve as the City’s Interim Commissioner until the appointment of a permanent Police Commissioner by the newly elected Mayor of Boston in 2014.

“The Boston Police Department will be in great hands under the leadership of Bill Evans,” Mayor Menino said.  “He knows how to manage his team of talented officers, has the respect of the rank and file and has proven his ability to diffuse even the most difficult of public safety situations.”

Commissioner Evans is a 31-year veteran of the Boston Police Department and has held a leadership role within the Department for the past several years.  Superintendent Evans has had notable roles in both the successful, peaceful handling of the 70 day occupation of Dewey Square by Occupy Boston and the capture of suspected Boston Marathon bombing terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. 

“I am honored and humbled that Mayor Menino has entrusted me to lead the Boston Police Department,"

Evans said. "I have spent my entire career with the Boston Police Department and have a deep respect for all its members.  I strongly believe in partnerships and am committed to community policing.  The Department has made great strides in reducing crime and forging relationships with the community. I remain committed to that agenda and will work hard to maintain the community’s trust.”  “I accept and look forward to the challenges ahead with great appreciation for responsibility that the Police Commissioner has to the citizens of Boston.  My door will always be open.”

William Evans joined the ranks of the Boston Police Department as a patrol officer in 1982 and rose through the ranks becoming Captain of area D-4 in 2006, a post that brought him in close contact with religious leaders, community groups and business owners and most recently to the management team as Superintendent of the Bureau of Field Services.  Acting Commissioner Evans is a 2008 graduate of Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and recently completed a certificate program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government and participated in the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, John F. Kennedy School of Government/Harvard School of Public Health as well as National Post-Graduate School & U.S.  Department of Homeland Security, Executive Leaders’ Program.

As Commissioner, Evans pledges to maintain the Department’s commitment to Community Policing, and will ensure that the Department continues its focus on crime prevention and reducing violent crime across the city.