Longtime Boston police Commissioner Edward Davis, whose steady leadership during the Boston Marathon bombings has made him a hot prospect in Washington, is stepping down today, opening up another key position for the next mayor to fill, the Boston Herald reports. Davis gave his resignation to Mayor Thomas Menino, who himself is leaving office.
A former Lowell police chief hired by Menino in 2006, Davis will take a teaching post at Harvard, but is still in the mix for the top homeland security post under President Obama and is exploring other opportunities. His popularity soared after the deadly April 15 bombings, when he won national praise for steering the city through one of its darkest hours. He also was hailed for his congressional testimony, when he criticized the feds for failing to share ?information. A Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll showed his popularity at ?73 percent, saying the next mayor should keep him. Former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, who is running for mayor, said she would seek to hire a commissioner focused on increasing the number of cops walking the beat as well as increasing diversity in the Boston Police Department. Davis has been criticized for failing to increase the number of minority brass.