City invites community to share what’s needed in next police chief

Published on February 04, 2019

Photograph of a Grand Rapids police chief uniform

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – City Manager Mark Washington is asking residents and other community stakeholders to share their thoughts on what he needs to look for in the next police chief. 

The City and Public Sector Search & Consulting – the national recruiting firm leading the search process – will host two community feedback sessions in February. They will take place 6 to 8 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the ninth-floor Commission Chambers at City Hall, 300 Monroe Ave. NW. Validated parking is available in the Government Center Ramp off Monroe and Ottawa avenues.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE. On-street parking is available.

All community members are invited to attend one or both events. Attendees will be asked to provide feedback on the personal characteristics and professional experience that are most important for the person who leads the Grand Rapids Police Department. Registration is not required. To provide feedback online, CLICK HERE

“I hope our residents and other community members will participate and have their voices heard,” Washington said. “Input from our neighborhoods and the community is critical to helping us select the right person.”

Cedric Alexander, a former police chief and member of President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing who regularly appears on CNN, will help Public Sector Search & Consulting facilitate the feedback sessions.

Following the community engagement process, Public Sector Search & Consulting will 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 this summer.