Boston Chief Selection Panel Near; Evans To Leave

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Mayor Thomas M. Menino is expected this weekend to announce the makeup of the search committee that will help select the city’s next police commissioner, the Boston Globe reports. Commissioner Paul F. Evans is leaving to direct Britain’s Police Standards Unit in London.

The search committee is expected to be made up of eight or nine business and community leaders, a source told the Globe. It will be led by Wayne Budd, the former U.S. attorney.

Evans is leaving in November after nearly a decade as leader of the Police Department. Among possible candidates to succeed him are consultant Kathleen M. O’Toole, Superintendent in Chief James Hussey, Superintendent Robert Dunford, Superintendent Paul Joyce, Captain James M. Claiborne, and MBTA Police Chief Joseph C. Carter.

Evans replaced William J. Bratton, now chief in Los Angeles.

Hussey could become interim commissioner when Evans leaves. If that happens, his relationship with the mayor could work to his advantage, said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement think tank in Washington, D.C. “Half of this business is about professionalism, and half is about chemistry,” Wexler said. “Someone familiar within the system already in the command structure is a logical choice.”

Link: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2003/10/03/menino_reported_set_to_name_police_p

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