Boston Police Superintendent William Evans, who is no stranger to Charlestown, will serve as interim BPD Commissioner until the newly elected mayor appoints a permanent replacement in 2014. Mayor Thomas Menino made the announcement last week as outgoing Commissioner Ed Davis left office.
“The Boston Police Department will be in great hands under the leadership of Bill Evans,” said Menino. “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.”
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. 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,” said Evans. “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.”
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.
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.