City surveys community about characteristics of next police chief

Published on October 13, 2021

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As part of its effort to obtain a wide spectrum of public input on the characteristics and experience necessary for the City’s next police chief to have, the City is launching a survey, in English and Espanol to accompany its four virtual public forums.

The survey allows those who could not attend one of the four-virtual community forums to share their thoughts on what they expect from the next leader of the Grand Rapids Police Department. Public input gathered from surveys and the forums will be condensed into a profile used in the recruiting process.

People can provide feedback on the next police chief here: https://grandrapidsmi.gov/PoliceChiefSurvey. Those who don’t have access to the Internet and want to share their thoughts can call 311 or 616.456.3000.

The community forums begin today and are scheduled as follows:

  • TODAY, October 13 (Wednesday) from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • October 16 (Saturday) from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • October 16 (Saturday) from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • October 19 (Tuesday) from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The link to the community forums can be found at: https://www.grandrapidsmi.gov/Our-City/Events-Activities/Virtual-Community-Forum-Desired-Characteristics-of-Police-Chief. Those that participate will have the opportunity to answer questions posed by the moderator and provide their thoughts of what qualities they believe the next chief must possess.

“It is important we have the right leader to ensure the safety and trust of our community,” City Manager Mark Washington said. “That is why we’re encouraging our residents and other community members to participate in these engagement sessions and have their voices heard. Input from our neighborhoods and the community is critical to helping us select the right person.”

Following the community engagement process, Public Sector Search & Consulting will post the position, and gather and screen applications. The candidates will be presented to the City and interviewed by several panels. The panelists will provide critical feedback to the City Manager, who will make the appointment – expected early next year.

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