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Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis Resigns

When the smoke settles and the New Year is upon us, Boston will be home to both a new mayor and a new police commissioner. Ed Davis, the acting commissioner, announced his resignation from the Boston Police Department on Monday, which will go into effect in a few months.

Davis moved from Lowell to Boston seven years ago and said that now is his time to try other things. “Our citizens have the best trained officers protecting them,” he told a crowd of reporters at the press conference held at Boston Police Headquarters. “We have put together an unbelievable team of people focused on the service to the community.”

“It has made all the difference,” he said.

Mayor Tom Menino also made a statement at the press conference Monday morning, regarding Davis’ “relentless” work to protect the safety of the citizens. He then thanked Davis for his “leadership and tireless commitment to improve the quality of life for the people of Boston.”

Davis, too, spoke highly of his relationship with Menino, calling him a “friend and mentor.”

The soon-to-be-former commissioner also stated that he and the city will work to make a smooth transition as the new mayor becomes elected, who will in turn select the new police commissioner. An interim commissioner will be appointed until the new mayor of Boston replaces Menino.

Ultimately, Davis seemed optimistic regarding his reason for resigning at this time, adding that he feels “very positive about leaving at this time on my timeline, knowing I will be leaving having done my very best.”

It had been rumored before the press conference that Davis was planning on taking a position at Harvard University, and he spoke to that topic, saying there was several offers he was still considering. He did, however, say that he had been offered the fellowship at Harvard, and that it would be his first choice.Regardless of what position he takes, he will be remaining in the city of Boston, he stressed.

Davis said he expects to remain on board with the department for the next 30-60 days, but modified the statement to say if the Red Sox were to advance far into the playoffs, that he just might have to extend his stay.


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