Boston Mayor Martin Walsh formally announced the appointment of Interim Police Commissioner William B. Evans as Police Commissioner of the Boston Police Department at a press conference held Thursday morning.
“Commissioner Evans has been an exceptional leader to the Boston Police Department,” Walsh said in a press release Tuesday. “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.”
Walsh and Evans met at City Hall on Monday to discuss solutions to the violence in Boston neighborhoods. They were joined by over 20 people, including victims’ families, trauma experts and youth workers, according to a press release.
“I said many times on the campaign trail that my first meeting would be about public safety,” Walsh said. “I believe this, and the permanent appointment of Commissioner Evans, a proven, effective leader, shows my commitment to facing the issue.”
Evans has worked with the Boston Police Department for 31 years. He began his work as a patrol officer in 1982. In 2006, he became captain of District 4.
“I have known William Evans as a Captain in my district, the Superintendent of Field Services and through the handling of special situations within the City and I am truly confident he can handle the department,” said City Councilor Bill Linehan.
Most notably, Evans has played a role in peacefully handling Occupy Boston, the Boston Marathon bombings and the capture of alleged terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the press release said.