The Boston Police Department, the oldest police department in the country, just made history by naming Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross as its new commissioner. He will be the first person of color to lead the department.
Having moved to the city from Maryland at age 12, Gross joined Boston’s police force as a cadet at 22, during the forced-busing crisis. Still, he made a name for himself early and continuously moved up in the ranks.
His experience in the force makes him a well-rounded leader, having worked with gang and drug control units and on youth programs.