Menino appoints interim BPD commissioner

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BOSTON (AP) - Boston Police Superintendent William Evans was named Friday to serve as interim commissioner with the departure of Edward Davis from the top job.

As head of the uniformed division, Evans had a major role in the police response to the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings and the capture of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev four days later.

Evans, a dedicated runner, had finished the marathon himself when he learned of the attacks at the finish line and rushed to the scene. Three people were killed and more than 260 were wounded.

Mayor Thomas Menino announced Evans will serve until a new mayor being elected on Tuesday takes office next year and appoints a permanent commissioner.

Menino said Evans "has proven his ability to diffuse even the most difficult of public safety situations," including the two-month Occupy Boston economic protest encampment in 2011.

Evans, a 31-year department veteran, began as a patrol officer in 1982. As superintendent of the bureau of field services he also oversees special events. He has done professional studies at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and with the federal Homeland Security Department.

Evans is a brother of former police commissioner Paul Evans.