Grand Rapids seeks resident input for new police chief

Mark Washington Courtesy of the City of Grand Rapids

The city of Grand Rapids is seeking help from local residents in its search for a new police chief.

The Grand Rapids City Commission has hired Public Sector Search & Consulting Inc. (PSSC) to work with City Manager Mark Washington to support the search and hiring process. PSSC will host four virtual community forums in October to allow residents to share their thoughts on the ideal qualities and professional experience the next police station chief should have.

“It is important that we have the right leader to ensure the safety and trust of our community,” Washington said. “That’s why we encourage our residents and other community members to attend these engagement sessions and make their voices heard. The input from our neighborhood and the community is crucial to help us choose the right person. “

Dates / times of the community forum:

  • 6.00 p.m.-7.30 p.m. Wednesday, October 13.
  • 10-11: 30 a.m. Saturday, October 16
  • 3 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Saturday, October 16.
  • 6.00 p.m.-7.30 p.m., Tuesday, October 19.

Residents who wish to contribute to the decision should join the forum at

“We’re looking for a candidate who is focused on building trust, preventing crime, improving response, providing transparency, appreciating diversity, and being a great leader and communicator,” said Washington. “We also want someone who is cooperative and committed to the goals of the community and neighborhood police that are outlined in the department’s strategic plan. I look forward to hearing from the community about other qualities we need in the next police chief. “

After the community forums, PSSC publishes the job posting and collects and reviews applications. The candidates are then introduced to the city and interviewed by several panels that provide critical feedback to the city manager. Washington plans to appoint the new Grand Rapids police chief in early 2022.

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