William Gross is retiring as Boston police commissioner tomorrow, fueling further speculation that he might be planning to run for mayor this year - speculation that Dan Rea at WBZ Newsradio says is for nought.
Mayor Walsh announced Gross will be replaced by Dennis White, currently BPD superintendent and Gross's chief of staff. He would be the department's second Black commissioner.
Gross had served 37 years in the department. Walsh appointed him commissioner in 2018.
In a statement made just as City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George was formally launching her own campaign for mayor, Walsh said:
We can all be proud of the legacy he'll leave behind, from reducing major crime to helping undertake the most ambitious set of police reforms in the department's history.
In his own statement, Gross said:
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Police Commissioner, leading a department of hardworking men and women who serve this city day-in and day-out, and put the safety and well-being of our community first. They have shown time and again their unwavering commitment to our residents, rising to the occasion during moments of crisis, reaching out a helping hand to those in need, and running towards danger in the name of public safety for all. I am immensely proud of their performance under tremendous pressure. It is only after long and careful consideration that I have made the decision to retire from my role. My heart will always remain alongside my brothers and sisters of the BPD, who over the course of my 37-year career have become my village. I will continue to be one of their biggest champions as I move forward with my next chapter.