Commissioner William G. Gross Announces Boston Police Command Staff Promotions

Today, Friday, August 10, 2018, Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross is proud to announce the promotion of four experienced and tested leaders in the Boston Police Department. They have distinguished themselves over the course of their careers through hard work, dedication and commitment to the community. 


Superintendent Gregory Long is being promoted as the new Superintendent-in-Chief. Superintendent-in-Chief Long is a twenty-two-year veteran of the department and for the past three years has headed up the Bureau of Investigative Services.  Prior to his current assignment, Superintendent-in-Chief Long served as the Commander of the Special Investigations and Homicide Units, where, as the Lieutenant Detective he oversaw all homicide and major investigations in the city. 

In addition to his assignments in the Homicide and Special Investigations, Superintendent-in-Chief Long has worked in District 3, Mattapan, as a patrol and plainclothes officer. He was assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force for several years working closely with Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies participating in gang investigations.  As a Sergeant, he served as a Patrol Supervisor in District 3, and as a Lieutenant, was Duty Supervisor in District 18, Hyde Park, and Commander of the Youth Violence Strike Force before moving to Homicide in 2009.

While working in his capacity of Superintendent of Investigative Services, Long was promoted to both Captain in 2016 And Captain Detective in 2018.  Superintendent-in-Chief Long has received several commendations over his twenty-two-year career. Born and raised in Dorchester, Long is a graduate of Boston Latin School and holds a Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law.


Deputy Superintendent Dennis White is being promoted to the rank of Superintendent, and will be Commissioner Gross’ Chief of Staff.  Superintendent White is a seasoned veteran of the Boston Police Department, having served the community for twenty-nine years. Prior to his promotion to Superintendent he was a Deputy Superintendent in the Office of the Superintendent-in-Chief and in the Bureau of Field Services Night Command.

Superintendent White has broad supervisory experience in the neighborhoods in both investigation and patrol. Before Superintendent White joined the Command Staff in 2014 he was a Lieutenant and Duty Supervisor in District 2, Roxbury, District 3 and District 13, Jamaica Plain.  He has also been a Sergeant Detective in District 4, South End and Internal Affairs; a Sergeant Patrol Supervisor in District 2 and Patrolman in District 6, South Boston. 

Before joining the Boston Police Department Superintendent White was a Boston Firefighter for five and a half years.  Sharing a commitment to public safety, Superintendent White’s wife is also a sworn member of the Boston Police Department.

Superintendent White is a respected street cop who has spent his career policing the neighborhoods where he grew up – Roxbury and Dorchester. He is a graduate of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School and has received various awards and commendations throughout his career. Superintendent White has an Associate’s Degree from Quincy College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Newbury College.


Deputy Superintendent Michael Cox is being promoted to the rank of Superintendent. Superintendent Cox will be the Bureau Chief in charge of the Bureau of Professional Development at the Boston Police Academy.

Superintendent Cox is a twenty-nine-year veteran of the BPD and has served the past thirteen years on the Command Staff as a Deputy Superintendent in diverse functions over that time. Superintendent Cox most recently was the commander of the Operations Division, primarily responsible for the 9-1-1 Emergency Response Services for the City of Boston.  Prior to his current assignment, Superintendent Cox was the head of Internal Affairs and Assistant Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Professional Standards, Zone Commander for Area E, overseeing police services to the Hyde Park, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury communities, and served as the Commander of the Forensic Division and Assistant Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Investigative Services.

Before Superintendent Cox’s Command staff assignment, he worked as a Sergeant Detective in the Intelligence Unit, where he performed Dignitary Protection duties, served as the liaison to the U.S. Secret Service, and was the supervisor assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  At this rank he was also assigned to Internal Affairs, Recruit Investigations and the Audit and Review Units. As a Police Officer, Superintendent Cox worked in District 3 until joining the Citywide Anti-Gang Violence Unit until his promotion to Sergeant in 1995.

Superintendent Cox is a Medal of Honor recipient and has also received numerous other Commissioner Commendations and awards. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Police Executive Research Forum and holds degrees from Providence College in Business Management, Curry College where he obtained a Master’s in Criminal Justice and Boston University’s Questrom School of Business where he obtained an MBA.


Lieutenant Paul Donovan is being promoted to the Command Staff as the new Superintendent, Bureau of Investigative Services. Superintendent Donovan is a thirty-two-year veteran of the department and for the past two years has held the rank of Lieutenant assigned to District 4 and then as Commander of the Civil Rights Unit.  

Superintendent Donovan followed his father’s footsteps in law enforcement with the Boston Police Department. His father, Deputy Superintendent Peter Donovan served the Boston Police Department from 1946 until his death in 1984. His maternal grandfather James Carney was also a Boston Police Officer and retired out of A1 North End in 1966.

Superintendent Donovan started his career with the police department in 1983 as a Boston Police Cadet.  Upon completing the academy in 1986, he worked as a patrol officer in District 4. Donovan was quickly promoted to the rank of Sergeant and worked as a Patrol Supervisor in District 11 and Operations. 

In 1993, Donovan was promoted to the rank of Sergeant Detective and supervised investigations in the Internal Affairs Division. In 1995 Donovan supervised investigations in District 11.  Through the course of his career Donovan later supervised investigations in the Major Case Unit, District 14, Allston Brighton, District 6, District 1, Downtown and the Homicide Unit.

Superintendent Donovan has received numerous commendations over his thirty-two-year career.  Born and raised in Dorchester, Donovan is a graduate of Catholic Memorial High School and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Curry College.