BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday that Boston Police Commissioner William Gross will retire on Friday, Jan. 29.
Mayor Walsh has appointed Dennis White, a Superintendent in the department and Chief of Staff to the Commissioner, to replace Gross. White is the city’s second black police commissioner, with Gross being the first.
Walsh thanked Gross for his service said, "Anyone who knows Willie can instantly feel his love for the job and his passion for keeping communities safe. No matter the situation, his warm smile, dedication, and love for meeting people made him uniquely capable of taking on the toughest challenges."
Dan Rea, host of Nightside on WBZ NewsRadio, reports that Gross will not run for mayor of Boston after being about as “close to the starting line” as he could have been. Apparently, Gross wants to spend more time with his family.
Rea previously reported that Gross was strongly considering a run for mayor.
“He looked at the run for mayor. He was convinced that he could win that office and was as close to the starting line as you could possibly be. [He] thought about it, continued to think about it, and finally decided that lifestyle and family considerations are more important,” Rea said.
(Photo: BPD Commissioner William Gross. Getty Images)