Here for now: GRPD chief passed up for Florida job

Grand Rapids Police Department Chief David Rahinsky discusses his application to a position in Florida on Oct. 26, 2017.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky will not be headed south —  at least for now.

Rahinsky, who was one of two finalists for the police chief post in Punta Gorda Florida, lost out to a Baltimore Police Department official.

Punta Gorda city manager Howard Kunik told 24 Hour News 8 Monday that he gave the job to Pamela Davis, who is currently director of the Professional Development and Training Academy for the Baltimore PD.

Pamela Davis
Photo: An undated courtesy photo of Pamela Davis. (Baltimore Police Department)

Rahinsky says while he’s disappointed he did not get the job, his second place finish out of the more than 100 people who applied shows the team approach he’s led in Grand Rapids since he was hired in 2014 is working.

“I do believe being one of two finalist validated what we do here,” he said.

Rahinsky said he was not looking for a new job when the opportunity in Punta Gorda presented itself. He previously told 24 Hour News 8 it was the first time he ever applied for another job while at the department.

But he’s not ruling out a move.

Rahinsky, who spent nearly 20 years of his law enforcement career in South Florida, said he applied for the Punta Gorda position because he wanted to be closer to family members who remain in the Sunshine State, including his only granddaughter.

Monday, Rahinsky told 24 Hour News 8 those feeling haven’t changed

“The draw of the family is not going to dissipate,” he said.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley was also among the 10 finalists vying for the job in Punta Gorda. Hadley eventually removed himself from consideration. Days later, the city announced Hadley accepted a chief position in Savannah, Georgia.

Deputy Chief Karianne Thomas will officially take over as Kalamazoo’s top officer Nov. 22. She is the first woman to serve as chief of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.