GR city manager shares police chief priorities


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — As Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky spent his last day on the job Tuesday, the question now is who will replace him. 

Rahinsky, who came to Grand Rapids in 2014, announced his retirement in early December. The timetable for finding the police department’s new leader has yet to be finalized.

A nationwide search is expected to include opportunities for community input on the new chief. However, the final decision will rest with Mark Washington, who took over as city manager in October. 

“It's important that we have the right leader to ensure the safety of our community, and will be able to engage our residents,” Washington said. 

The city manager elaborated on what he'd like to see in a police chief. 

“Someone who is tough on crime, and someone who is able to be collaborative with residents,” he said.

Full story: WOOD TV


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