Deputy Chief David Kiddle named interim chief of the Police Department

Published on December 13, 2018

Photo of Interim Police Chief David Kiddle

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Deputy Police Chief David Kiddle has been appointed interim chief of the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) effective Dec. 19. City Manager Mark Washington made the appointment today. 

Kiddle replaces Police Chief David Rahinsky, who is leaving Dec. 18 to begin retirement by moving closer to his family.

“I am pleased to appoint Deputy Chief Kiddle to this role,” Washington said. “He is very capable of leading our police department and keeping our community safe. As interim police chief, he will run the day-to-day operations of the department, assist with upcoming labor negotiations, complete the staffing and deployment study, prepare the department’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget and continue to strengthen relationships with the community.” 

The City on Wednesday issued a request for proposals from executive search firms for the recruitment of the next police chief. Washington expects to hire a new police chief in June or July. The search firm will seek community input during the selection process.

“I want to reserve the ability of the new police chief to weigh in on major policy changes, so I do not expect the interim police chief to make such changes unless necessary,” Washington said. “We continue to be committed to strengthening community and police relations in other ways and ensuring the safety of everyone in our community.”

Kiddle has been with GRPD since 1992. He has been a deputy chief since March 2015, overseeing administrative and investigative services. Before that, he was a captain and served as commander of the Support Services Division. He previously served as watch commander, administrative lieutenant assigned to the east service area, commander of the Internal Affairs Unit, patrol supervisor and coordinator of special events.

As deputy chief, Kiddle serves as a GRPD representative on the Law Enforcement Advisory Board of the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority and actively participates with the Kent County Dispatch Authority. 

Kiddle is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Institute for Police and Central Michigan University’s Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from Michigan State University. 

During his tenure with GRPD, Kiddle has received three meritorious unit citations and numerous letters of recommendation. He and his wife, Kimberly, have a son and a daughter.