• Evans formally named Boston police commissioner


    BOSTON (AP) - Boston Mayor Martin Walsh formally named 31-year department veteran William Evans as the city's new police commissioner Thursday.

    Evans said at a news conference that he works for "the greatest department in the nation."

    Walsh had indicated earlier this week that he intended to name Evans commissioner, a position he has held on an interim basis for several months since the retirement of Edward Davis.

    Evans appointed department veteran William Gross as his chief of operations, essentially the department second in command.

    Evans says his primary goal is reducing violent crime. He said even though Boston had a 13-year low 40 homicides in 2013, "one homicide is one too many."

    Evans had notable roles in the handling of the Occupy Boston protest and the city's response to the marathon bombing.

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