BPD Commissioner Gross: When Mayor Walsh Left ‘I Was Going To Go Too’

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Police Commissioner William Gross retired on Friday after nearly four decades in law enforcement. And despite strongly considering it, he will not be running for mayor.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh made the announcement that Gross was stepping down on Thursday.

Gross spoke about his decision to retire on WBZ NewsRadio's Nightside with Dan Rea.

"My passion is with law enforcement, and I followed my heart. And I made a promise to my family. We planned out retirement," Gross told Rea. "And Mayor Walsh — whenever he left, I was going to go too. So, I kept the word to my family, which is important."

Gross said it was a "blessing to even be considered" for mayor of Boston.

"For people to want me to go forward as a mayoral candidate, it just said a lot," Gross said. He thanked the community that stuck by him, "and had hopes, dreams, and aspirations," for him to become mayor.

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