Walsh to appoint William Evans as BPD commissioner

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will appoint Interim Police Commissioner William B. Evans as police commissioner of the Police Department.

Officials say Evans, a 31-year veteran of the department, was an integral part of the city's response during the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, among other events. Evans is a Harvard graduate and recently completed a certificate program for Senior Executives in state and local government.

"The Boston Police Department will be in great hands under the leadership of Bill Evans," Walsh said in a press release. "He knows how to manage his team of talented officers, has the respect of the rank and file, and has proven his ability to diffuse even the most difficult of public safety situations."

Former BPD Commissioner Ed Davis tells FOX 25 he is happy with the mayor's choice, saying the city couldn't be in better hands.

A formal announcement will be made on Thursday.