Boston Foundation salutes retiring Police Commissioner William Evans, congratulates incoming Commissioner William Gross

July 23, 2018

Boston – Boston Foundation President and CEO Paul S. Grogan today issued the following statement at the announcement of the retirement of Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, and the naming of Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross as his successor.

“We at the Boston Foundation applaud Commissioner Evans for his hard work not just as Commissioner, but in a career spanning nearly four decades as a member of the Boston Police Department. His hard work, dedication, and leadership skills have made him a respected, admired presence in Boston, at a time after the city’s resolve was challenged by the Boston Marathon bombings.

“We are also pleased to welcome superintendent-in-chief William Gross to the Commissioner’s role. Not only is his appointment historic, as he becomes the first African-American Police Commissioner in Boston history, it is well-deserved. Superintendent Gross, too, is no stranger to the people of Boston’s neighborhoods. Both he and the man he is replacing have spent countless hours not just patrolling the streets, but connecting with the community at fairs, community events, children’s gatherings, and dozens of other events across the city. They have both placed a strong emphasis on building community, and under Commissioner Gross, we look forward to continuing our work with BPD and the city.”


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