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Boston Mayor Picks New Police Commissioner

Newly inaugurated Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has selected Interim Police Commissioner William B. Evans to take on the role permanently.

"Commissioner Evans has been an exceptional leader to the Boston Police Department, and public safety is one of my biggest priorities. Commissioner Evans has been an invaluable resource to me during this transition period, and I know that his expertise and governance of the Police Department will be a key component to my Administration," Walsh said in a statement.

On Monday, Evans and Walsh addressed a group during a meeting at City Hall about combating violence in the city.

"I said many times on the campaign trail that my first meeting would be about public safety," Walsh said. "I believe this, and the permanent appointment of Commissioner Evans, a proven, effective leader, shows my commitment to facing the issue."

Evans is a 31-year veteran of the Boston Police Department and has held leadership roles within the Department for several years.

A formal announcement will take place on Thursday, January 9.

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