Capt. Savage named GRPD interim chief


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Capt. Daniel Savage has been named as the new interim chief of the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Capt. Savage will take over as interim chief as of 5 p.m. May 30 and stay on until a new permanent chief is installed, according to a Wednesday release from the city.

“It’s going to a big responsibly,” Savage told 24 Hour News 8. “I very humbled and honored to have been selected.”

Savage will be filling the shoes of former chief Kevin Belk, who officially retired in early February but has been serving as the interim chief as the city seeks his replacement. City Manager Greg Sundstrom has said he hopes to have Belk’s permanent replacement chosen by July 1.

Savage said he did not apply to be the permanent chief.

“The city manager made it very clear that he wanted to select an interim chief that was not involved with the process,” Savage said. “So I threw my name in the hat and was competing with some very strong candidates within our command staff, and fortunately I was selected. I really appreciate the opportunity and the city manager’s trust in letting me lead this fine organization.”

Savage said the department would “stay the course” during the transition period.

“We’re committed to the community policing model. We’re going to continue that, working with the neighborhoods and community,” he said. “I think that’s real important people know that during this transition period.”

Savage has been in law enforcement since 1978, according to the city’s release. He worked for Allegan County, Kent County, Battle Creek and East Lansing before joining GRPD in 1985. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1995 and captain in 2011.

“I’m real excited to be given the opportunity and to be just entrusted with working with the fine men and women that are currently serving with this agency,” he said.

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