Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has chosen a search committee to find a successor to departing police commissioner Paul Evans, who is leaving soon for a top law enforcement job in Great Britain.
The Boston Globe quoted Menino as saying that the ideal candidate will be agile enough to deal with Boston’s diverse population, experienced enough in community policing to build on the department’s foundation and far-sighted enough to prepare the force for its next challenges. “I think you have to look at where you’re going,” he said. “What are the issues developing that are going to be a concern in the next two or three years.”
Candidates will not be limited to those who worked closely with Evans. “We don’t come into this with any preconceived agenda as to the candidate pool,” said the committee chairman, former U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd. “We’re too early in the process to speculate whether they will come from inside or outside the department.”
Other members are: the Rev. Gregory Groover, pastor of the Charles Street AME Church; Mark H. Moore, faculty chairman of criminal justice at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; Mary Soo Hoo, a member of the Chinatown Neighborhood Safety Committee; Rosa H. Talero, vice president of corporate community development for Fleet Boston’s Community Investment Group and treasurer of Inquilino Boricuas en Accion, which works to improve the social and economic conditions facing Latinos; Philip A. Tracey Jr., a defense attorney and former Suffolk assistant district attorney; Peter Welsh, Menino’s former chief of policy and planning and a manager in ex-police commissioner Francis Roache’s administration; and Linda Whitlock, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs.