Evans Named Boston Commissioner; Calmed Officers After Marathon Bombs


William Evans, the acting Boston police commissioner and a 31-year-veteran of the force, will be named to the permanent post tomorrow by Mayor Martin Walsh. He is the brother of former commissioner Paul Evans, who led the department from 1994 to 2003. “The Boston Police Department will be in great hands under the leadership of Bill Evans,” Walsh said. “He knows how to manage his team of talented officers, has the respect of the rank and file, and has proven his ability to defuse even the most difficult of public safety situations.” Evans, 55, a quiet, unassuming officer, has been captain of two districts, and was one of the first commanders to reach the Boston Marathon scene after two bombs killed three people and injured 260 last April 15. He had just finished running the race and was heading home to change when the bombs went off near the finish line.

In the aftermath, Evans calmed officers, department officials have said, counseling them to remember their training and not act rashly as they searched for the suspects. Evans also received accolades for his handling of the 70-day Occupy Boston encampment that was dismantled by police in a generally peaceful fashion in December 2011. He won over many of the protesters at the time, giving out his cellphone number and eventually getting theirs. “Our motto is to kill them with kindness,” he said then. The administration of former commissioner Edward Davis, had clashed with a prominent minority officers' advocacy group led by Larry Ellison, a detective. Among the charges Ellison leveled at Davis was the allegation that he did not do enough to diversify the command staff, a charge the former commissioner vigorously denied.

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