Today, Boston Mayor Tom Menino announced that he was naming Boston police Superintendent William Evans as the new acting commissioner of the BPD, replacing the outgoing Ed Davis.

The announcement’s timing is kind of amazing: Over the summer, I wrote a profile of Evans for the fall issue of Suffolk Magazine. Given the time I spent with him, he seems like a natural choice for the job—he’s smart, has strong ties to the community (especially South Boston), is tight with Menino, and after 32 years with the BPD, he’s trusted by the cops on the street. He also knows the work, since his older brother Paul served as the department’s commissioner from 1994 to 2003.

Of course, since Menino’s term is up soon, Evans is only the acting commissioner; mayor-elect Marty Walsh may well choose someone else. Until then, he’s the top cop for the city.

Read my story on Evans here.

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