Walsh picks Boston police veteran William Evans as next commissioner

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans during a recent charity event. Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki, Metro
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans during a recent charity event.
Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki, Metro

The next head of the Boston Police Department will be a longtime veteran of the Hub’s force who over decades has risen through the ranks.

Late Tuesday night, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that he will appoint William Evans as police commissioner. A formal announcement is scheduled for Thursday. It is one of Walsh’s first major appointments as mayor.

Evans is a 31-year veteran of the department and is the brother of former Commissioner Paul Evans. He has led the department as interim commissioner since November, when former Commissioner Ed Davis left the job after seven years.

Evans became a patrol officer in 1982 and in 2006 became captain of District 4, the neighborhood station that patrols the South End and Fenway/Kenmore area. After that, he was appointed superintendent of field services.

In a statement when he was appointed interim commissioner, Evans said he believes in partnerships and community policing and that he would “work hard to maintain the community’s trust.”

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