Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole will step down to help oversee the national police in Ireland, ending a tumultuous tenure and leaving at a time of tight city finances, escalating violence, and calls from community leaders for more police presence, reports the Boston Globe. O’Toole’s departure, expected around July 1, puts significant pressure on Mayor Thomas Menino, who must decide whether an internal or outside candidate is best suited to tackle the wave of gun violence facing the city. ”I don’t envy the mayor, and I don’t envy my successor,” O’Toole told the Globe.
Possible candidates include police superintendents Robert Dunford, who handled security for the Democratic National Convention, and Paul Joyce, who oversees elite squads, including the drug, gang, and homicide units. O’Toole received a letter yesterday from the Irish government offering her the nomination for inspector general of the 12,000-member Garda Siochana. ”It’s a phenomenal opportunity I never expected,” O’Toole said.