Mayor Menino Taps Kathleen M. O'Toole Boston's 37th Police Commissioner
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For Immediate Release
February 08, 2004
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the appointment of Kathleen M. O'Toole as commissioner of the Boston Police Department. O'Toole, a proven manager with more than 20 years experience in law enforcement, began her career with the Boston Police Department and will become the first woman to lead the storied department.

"Kathleen O'Toole brings with her an insider's savvy and an outsider's perspective," said Mayor Menino. "Her unique background presents a global perspective on policing and management that will serve as the basis for change in the department. I have been impressed with Kathleen's work in the past and I look forward to working with her to help keep the citizens of Boston safe."

O'Toole bested an impressive field of candidates who emerged following former Commissioner Paul F. Evans' departure for London in November. An eight-member nominating committee chaired by Wayne Budd winnowed the field and provided Mayor Menino with a list of finalists. Following a round of personal interviews, Mayor Menino selected O'Toole as the 37th commissioner of the department.

"I am always proud to say I began my career with the Boston Police Department," said Commissioner O'Toole. "Nothing could have prepared me for a return like this. I am overwhelmed with pride. It's my dream job. As commissioner, I hope to build on the established successes of the department and to take it to new heights."

As president and founder of O'Toole Associates LLC, O'Toole oversees an international consulting firm, specializing in public affairs, crisis management, organizational change and economic development. Prior to running the firm, the Boston College and New England School of Law graduate had a distinguished career with the Boston, Metropolitan and Massachusetts State police. In addition, she served as Governor William F. Weld's Secretary of Public Safety from 1994 to 1998.

In 1999, O'Toole chaired the Boston Fire Department review committee that helped usher in major administrative changes in the department. A year earlier, O'Toole served on the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland. The Patten Commission developed 175 strategies that helped to shape the Police Service of Northern Ireland. The commissioner is a recognized expert on profiling cases, consulting the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.


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