New Grand Rapids police chief named


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A new chief has been named to lead the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Franklin, Tenn. Police Chief David Rahinsky was named to chief on Friday by Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom, following several community forums and discussions.

Shortly after he was named chief, Rahinsky told 24 Hour News 8 that transparency was very important to him.

Rahinsky, who received a Bachelors of Arts degree and Masters of Science degree in Criminology at Florida Atlantic University, began his career in law enforcement in 1989 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. There he worked as a patrol officer with the Broward County Sheriff’s Department, according to his biography.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, he rose in the ranks to become a lieutenant commander and also held several other leadership roles, his bio said.

Rahinsky was hired as the deputy chief for the Franklin Police Department in 2006 before becoming the assistant chief. In 2011, he was named chief there.

Prior to the decision to hire Rahinsky, three other law enforcement officials were named finalists for the job and came to Grand Rapids to meet with residents. Those finalists included Ernest Finley, a deputy chief in Atlanta; Port Huron Department of Public Safety Chief Michael Reaves; and East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald.

Rahinsky will replace former Chief Kevin Belk, who officially retired from the force in early February.

His first day on the job is July 7.

 

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