Internal candidates cut from GRPD chief search

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — While the list of Grand Rapids police chief finalists hasn’t yet been revealed, it is known that none of the finalists are from within the department.

Capt. Jeffrey Hertel, who is head of the department’s investigative division, confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 that he did not make the list of finalists.

Hertel said he has talked to three other internal candidates, including Capt. David Kiddle, Capt. Eric Payne and Lt. William Nowicki, and all have been eliminated from consideration.

The list of finalists will be released Monday at 9:30 a.m., and citizens will get a chance to meet the finalists on Wednesday and Thursday.

“During the community meetings, we gathered information from 800 citizens who helped develop the Community Police Chief profile,” Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom said in a news release.

Sundstrom said he wanted those who took the time to develop the profile to have a chance to meet the finalists before a decision was made.

“I am hoping Grand Rapids residents and business owners will participate in one of two community forums to share with me who they believe is best suited to lead the men and women of the Grand Rapids Police Department,” Sundstrom said.

A community forum for those who speak Spanish will be held Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Elementary School at 1205 Grandville SW.

A forum for those who speak English will be held Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum at 303 Pearl St NW.

The three finalists will also take part in focus group meetings, a private reception, a tour of the city and a second interview during their time in Grand Rapids, Sundstrom said.

Sundstrom said he’ll likely announce his pick for chief in early July.


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