Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans will announce Monday that he is leaving the division, according to several law enforcement agencies, to oversee the police force at Boston College.
Evans, 59, served as a police officer. He served as Commissioner for more than four years and has served in the department for 38 years throughout his career.
The officials, who did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter, said Evans would take the lead public safety director at Boston College in August.
The announcement will be made at 1
William Gross, Superintendent of the Division, is considered a strong internal candidate to follow Evans.
Evans succeeds John M. King, who resigns at the Newton School for eight years next year after joining the Department of Public Security at BC. BC announced King's retirement in April.
The union representing the grassroots officers at Boston College baptized a warm welcome to Evans on Monday.
"We are glad to have such an accomplished and well-known police officer to lead us to the next phase of policing here at Boston College," the police department said. "We look forward to a healthy and positive working relationship with Commissioner Evans in the coming days."
Evans began his career as a police cadet on July 9, 1980 and became a patrolman in November 1982.
He spent five years as a patrolman and was awarded the Armed Forces Medal of Honor for his role in seizing an armed robbery after a high-speed hunt
As Captain, Evans was stationed in District 14, which covered Allston-Brighton and in Ward 4, covering the Fenway and the south end.
Evans continued his advance, and in 2009 he was promoted to Superintendent, leading the Bureau of Field Services, overseeing special events and the department's patrol department. 19659002] In this role as commander of the uniformed force, he had in April 2013 a leadership role in law enforcement response to the bombing of the Boston Marathon. A longtime marathon runner, Evans, ended his race that day he joined the multi-day search that led to the death of the accused bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the arrest of his younger brother Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, who is on federal death row.
Evans also played a pivotal role in the city's peaceful response to Occupy Boston in 2011, when about 100 protesters founded a tent city in downtown Boston in protest of national economic policies.
Then Mayor Thomas M. Menino appointed Evans Interim Commissioner in November 2013 following the resignation of Edward F. Davis
In January 2014, Walsh selected Evans to serve permanently in the post.
His brother, Paul F. Evans, served as Commissioner from 1994 to 2003.