Joseph L. Wilson III is sworn in as Cambridge police superintendent Monday by city clerk Donna Lopez.

Joseph L. Wilson III is sworn in as Cambridge police superintendent Monday by city clerk Donna Lopez. (Photo: Cambridge Police Department)

A 28-year veteran of the Cambridge Police Department was promoted Monday to police superintendent.

The Cambridge Police Department held a ceremony Monday at the Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility for Joseph L. Wilson III, who joined the department in 1987 and has served in a variety of patrol operations roles. Most recently, he was a deputy superintendent for night operations, according to a police press release.

“Superintendent Wilson has some big shoes to fill following Steve Williams’ retirement. His job will be to take what Steve established and advance it. I have the utmost confidence that he will fulfill that mission,” said Police Commissioner Robert C. Haas, referring to a superintendent who retired in February after 41 years with the force.

In addition to Haas, the ceremony was attended by City Manager Richard C. Rossi and Deputy City Manager Lisa C. Peterson, Mayor David P. Maher and councillors Leland Cheung, Craig A. Kelley and Timothy J. Toomey, and other city officials, officers, family members and friends.

“Joe has the skill, ability and willingness to ensure his leadership is the highest level. He has earned the respect from city leadership and the entire police department. And, most importantly, he genuinely wants to engage with the community and build bridges,” Rossi said.