Googled: Kathleen O’Toole ’76, top cop

Published: November 2004

In the nine months since Kathleen M. (Horton) O’Toole ’76 was named Boston’s first woman police commissioner in February 2004, she has experienced a labor dispute with the police, a dramatic rise in homicides, security for the Democratic National Convention, and the Red Sox postseason. O’Toole began her career in 1979 as a Boston police officer. Previously, she held posts as the state’s secretary of public safety, the founder of an international security and crisis management consulting firm, and on a panel that recommended reforms for the Northern Ireland police force. The former political science major was also executive director of BC’s Alumni Association from 1998 to 1999.

This feature was posted on Sunday, November 28, 2004 and is filed under Alumni.
Writer: Jeanne C. Williams
Photo: Gary Wayne Gilbert