The Grand Rapids Police Department’s draft strategic plan calls for a neighborhood-based policing model that will provide measurable outcomes and help the department build and maintain trust with the community. The Office of Oversight and Public Accountability also released their draft strategic plan. The Economic Resiliency and Recovery Work Group provided an update as well.
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Looking to get involved in your community? Serving on a City Board or Commission is a great way to make a difference in your city.
The policy explains our attendance policy and other important parts of serving on a board.
City Commission Policy 300-06
You can read about our boards and commissions here before you apply.
Most openings are filled in December and January, but we start vetting candidates well before that. If you're looking to get appointed, it's a good idea to apply before August. That's when we start the vetting process.
Applying later in the year doesn't necessarily mean you won't get appointed. It just helps to apply early so that we can complete the vetting process in time for the year's appointments.
Some openings happen on a different schedule. Check the Current List of Openings(PDF, 203KB) if you're looking to apply for a board now.
Some boards have more requirements than others. We'll guide you through this process if you apply online.
Apply Online in English
We check with a few departments to make sure you're in good standing: the City Attorney, the City Treasurer, and Income Tax. Contact these departments to make sure your application is approved. You can call us, and we'll connect you with these departments. Our number is in the Contact Us section of this page.
This process can take some time. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
If you want to sit on a board, it's a good idea to go to meetings. You can get familiar with the board's duties and meet current members.
Download the Application in English(PDF, 234KB)
Send the form to the address, email, or fax number in the Contact Us section of this page.
We can mail, email, or fax the form to you. Call the number in the Contact Us section of this page.
We're happy to help you fill out an application. We're located in City Hall on the second floor. You can find our address in the Contact Us section of this page.
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Current Vacancy List(PDF, 203KB)
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300 Monroe Avenue NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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