Grand Rapids Chief of Police

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Chief of Police

A national search is underway to attract a highly qualified candidate to lead the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD). In this challenging but incredibly rewarding time for American law enforcement, this is an incredible opportunity to lead a CALEA-accredited police department that has implemented several 21st-century policing principles over the past few years. Recent incidents, both nationally and locally, have cast a shadow on efforts to build and maintain trust in the community. The most qualified candidates will not only be accomplished but strategic and well prepared to address an array of vital issues including accountability, police staffing, appropriate community policing and crime reduction models, legalization of marijuana in Michigan, and the use of evolving technology. The next Chief of Police will be a strong leader who brings a collaborative and strategic focus to a department and community with very different views about policing, but who are equally committed to improving service delivery in all areas of the City. The new Chief of Police will lead an agency with more than 400 employees and a $60 million budget. The next Chief will be a visionary leader who is able to communicate the need for and create long-lasting, systemic change. The Chief will set clear goals for the Department and establish a clear plan that emphasizes accountability from the command level to the rank and file. This position requires at least five years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience, including experience in police management; or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Candidates must have a proven and demonstrated track record of working effectively in a culturally and ethnically diverse community. Experience should also include developing and implementing strategies that have led to comprehensive organizational improvements. A Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field is required. A Master’s degree is preferred, as is executive level training such as the FBI National Academy, SMIP, NEI, or other recognized executive command program. The compensation for this at-will position is very competitive and will be augmented by an excellent benefits package. Benefits include: 401(a) Defined Contribution Plan, Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance, and Retiree Health. Further details on benefits may be viewed here: Click here for Fringe Benefits Guide Sheet. Interested candidates should apply by April 19, 2019, by submitting a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, and references to Confidential inquiries are welcome to Chief Gary Peterson (ret.) at (916) 622-5323 or