He says he is not seeking the job, but Massachusetts Public Safety Secretary Edward A. Flynn is among about 10 candidates being considered for the vacant Boston police commissioner’s job, the Boston Globe reports.
Two members of the search committee said that Flynn may end up on a list of three finalists the eight-member panel is assembling for Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Committee members went to Flynn for advice, and his work led some to believe Flynn himself should be considered. “He has not applied for the position of Boston police commissioner,” said Christine Cole, Flynn’s deputy chief of staff.
The search committee is scheduled to meet twice this week to narrow its list to three finalists, with a goal of finishing its work as soon as next week. Menino will make the decision after interviewing the finalists.
The interim commissioner, Superintendent-in-Chief James Hussey, is considered a front-runner. Other candidates from within the department include Superintendent Robert Dunford, who heads security for next summer’s Democratic National Convention; Superintendent Paul Joyce, who commands the Youth Violence Strike Force; and Captain James Claiborne, head of the police district in East Boston. Also in the running are Kathleen O’Toole, a former state public safety secretary who worked seven years for the Boston department; Lowell Police Superintendent Edward Davis; and top police officials in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Knoxville, Tenn.