Chief Belk appointed to parole board

A file photo of Kevin Belk during his time as Grand Rapids police chief.
A file photo of Kevin Belk during his time as Grand Rapids police chief.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Outgoing Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk will soon be moving on to a new position.

Belk will begin serving on the Michigan Department of Corrections Parole Board on June 9. His last day serving as interim chief will be May 30.

Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom said he will appoint an acting chief before Belk’s last day, who will serve until a new chief is appointed.

“I am honored that Chief Belk has accepted an appointment to the Michigan Parole Board,” said Daniel H. Heyns, Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections. “Kevin has a tremendous reputation and proven track record of enhancing public safety in West Michigan.  The Parole Board will absolutely benefit from his unique perspective, knowledge, experience and passion for the criminal justice field.”

Belk was appointed to fill the remaining term of former parole board member Thomas Combs, who accepted a new position within the Michigan Department of Corrections, and will serve until April 2015.

Belk’s career with the Grand Rapids Police Department began in 1980. He has served as the chief of police since 2008.

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