Mayor Marty Walsh to Appoint William B. Evans as Police Commissioner of the BPD



On Thursday, January 9, Mayor Martin J. Walsh will appoint Interim Police Commissioner William B. Evans as Police Commissioner of the Boston Police Department.

"Commissioner Evans has been an exceptional leader to the Boston Police Department, and public safety is one of my biggest priorities. Commissioner Evans has been an invaluable resource to me during this transition period, and I know that his expertise and governance of the Police Department will be a key component to my Administration."

On Monday, Evans joined Mayor Walsh for his very first meeting as Mayor in City Hall. They were joined by over 20 people representing victims’ families, law enforcement, the judiciary, the legal community, corrections, re-entry programs, youth workers, substance abuse programs, human trafficking prevention, trauma experts and more. At this meeting, the Mayor and Evans committed to find a way to begin to deal with the problem of violence in our neighborhoods. Said Mayor Walsh, “I said many times on the campaign trail that my first meeting would be about public safety. I believe this, and the permanent appointment of Commissioner Evans, a proven, effective leader, shows my commitment to facing the issue.”

Commissioner Evans is a 31-year veteran of the Boston Police Department and has held leadership roles within the Department for several years. Evans has had notable roles in the successful, peaceful handling of the 70-day occupation of Dewey Square by Occupy Boston, the City’s response in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, and the capture of alleged terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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. 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.

A formal announcement will take place on Thursday, January 9.