Mayor Walsh announced today he's appointing interim Police Commissioner William Evans as permanent police commissioner:
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.
Mayor Menino appointed Evans, a 31-year veteran of the department, as interim commissioner last fall, after Commissioner Ed Davis retired.
Evans's brother Paul served as police commissioner in the 1990s.
Boston Strong: Hub Police Superintendent William Evans, BS '82, has a "kill them with kindness" approach to law enforcement. Just don't mess with his city.
Ed. note: This post originally had a quote attributed to Walsh that, in fact, was something Menino said when he appointed Evans as interim commissioner. The new mayor's office essentially re-used the old mayor's press release, by mistake, it says, and issued a really new press release about 2 1/2 hours later.