Ed David resigns as Boston Police commissioner

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis says he's stepping down after seven years on the job.

Davis said at a news conference Monday that it's been an honor to serve the people of Boston and thanked a number of people, including Mayor Thomas Menino. He says Menino showed him the importance of connecting with the community.

The 57-year-old Davis was appointed Boston's top cop by Menino in 2006. He previously served as the Lowell, Mass., police superintendent.

Menino opted not to seek another term and Boston is poised to have a new mayor for the first time in two decades. Davis' departure comes just as the race to replace Menino kicks into high gear. A preliminary election on Tuesday will whittle a dozen candidates down to two for the Nov. 5 election.