Boston Police Commissioner William Gross is “90% in” for a mayoral run, a source in direct contact with Gross tells the Herald.
An announcement from Gross could come as soon as midweek, about a week after Mayor Marty Walsh was nominated to become Labor secretary in the Biden administration.
The final 10% of Gross’ decision is talking to his family first, the source said.
After rising through the ranks of the Boston Police Department, Gross became BPD’s leader in 2018. He is Boston’s first Black police commissioner.
City Councilors Michelle Wu and Andrea Campbell have been running for mayor for months.
Since the news broke that Walsh was being tapped to join the Biden administration, other names have been floated. State Sen. Nick Collins, state Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and At-Large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George are all mulling runs.
City Council President Kim Janey, who would become acting mayor, has not stated whether she’ll run for a full mayoral term.
Boston Economic Development Chief John Barros, Rep. Jon Santiago and Suffolk Sheriff Steve Thompkins are also names being bandied around.
Sean Philip Cotter contributed to this report.
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