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My Town: Grand Rapids releases profile for future police chief
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My Town: Grand Rapids releases profile for future police chief

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—After sifting through more than 800 surveys and comments  from community members who attended 22 focus group meetings, the City of Grand Rapids has crafted its profile for the ideal police chief candidate.

“The purpose of this candidate profile is to clearly communicate to all potential candidates the community’s expectations of the new police chief. The characteristics, vision and focus listed in the profile provides a powerful description of what the Grand Rapids community wants,” stated City Manager Greg Sundstrom. “I am most impressed with the thought that went into the comments taken from the surveys, and from the interaction in the neighborhood and focus groups.”

The city released the community profile Monday.  The outline is being included as  part of the official job posting.  The city will be accepting applications for police chief through April.

The police chief will lead a department of 355 employees with a budget of more than $50 million. A four-year college degree in criminal justice or a related field is required, as well as a minimum of five years of command level experience in a similar sized police department.  For additional information, visit the Grand Rapids city website here.

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