Deputy Chiefs of Police

Photo of Grand Rapids Police Department Acting Deputy Chief Pete McWatters in uniform in front of a neutral backdrop and an American flag

Pete McWatters

Acting Deputy Police Chief


Acting Deputy Chief McWatters is a 25-year veteran of the Grand Rapids Police Department.  He has served in several roles during his tenure including Patrol, the Special Response Team (SRT), and the Training Unit while taking on additional responsibilities as a Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor and Defensive Tactics Instructor.  IN 1997 he was assigned as an Acting Sergeant and was promoted to Sergeant in 1998.  During his time as a Sergeant he served as a team leader in the SRT, patrol supervisor for the East Service Area and as the Training Unit Sergeant.  Acting Deputy Chief McWatters was then promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2004 and served as the Administrative Lieutenant in the East and West Service Areas as well as the third shift Watch Commander.  From July 2007 through August 2010 Acting Deputy Chief McWatters was the commander of the Internal Affairs Unit.  In July of 2011 he was promoted to Captain and was in charge of the North Service Area until commanding the Support Services Division in 2015. Acting Deputy Chief McWatters has received numerous Letters of Commendation and Letters of Recognition, as well as 5 Meritorious Unit Citations, one Achievement Medal and one Distinguished Service Medal.  In addition to his professional experience Acting Deputy Chief McWatters holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration, both from Ferris State University.

Deputy Police Chief Eric Payne

Eric Payne

Deputy Police Chief


Deputy Police Chief Payne is the Chief of Operations.  Deputy Chief Payne has been a member of the GRPD since 1987 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University.  His duties as an officer included assignments in Patrol, the Detective Unit, and the Vice Unit.  After being promoted Sergeant, in 1998, Deputy Chief Payne worked as a Patrol supervisor, and with his promotion to Lieutenant, in 2004, he held the roles of Watch Commander and Administrative Lieutenant for the South Service Area.  Deputy Chief Payne was promoted to Captain in April 2008, and became the commander of the South Service Area and continued in that role until September 2014, when he returned to the Investigative Division as its commander, overseeing the Detective Unit, Vice Unit, and Forensic Services Team.  He assumed his current position with his promotion to Deputy Chief, in September 2017.  Deputy Chief Payne has been a member of the department’s Crisis Negotiation Team since 1992 and has served as its commander since 2010.  He is a graduate of the department’s Leadership Institute and the Central Michigan Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute