New interim GRPD chief will be named soon

(file photo)
(file photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids City Manager hopes to name an interim police chief by May 30th.

During a city commission meeting Tuesday, Greg Sundstrom said the interim chief will come from within GRPD, and will not be a candidate for the permanent job.

The city has been looking for a new police chief since former chief Kevin Belk officially retired at the beginning of February. He has been serving as the interim chief while the city searches for his replacement.

The city is looking for a chief who can handle social and racial issues and for someone to be a leader who can address the basics of law enforcement.

The Characteristics of the Grand Rapids Police Chief headline on the job posting stated: “The Police Chief needs to be able to walk in every community with honesty and integrity. She/He must be able to listen, communicate, and engage young and old, rich and poor, males and females, and citizens from every race and ethnic background.”

The job posting was closed at the end of April.

Once the top three to six candidates are chosen, more additional community interviews will be held to see how the candidates stack up to the community generated profiles.

Sundstrom hopes to have an announcement of a new chief by July.

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