The City of Grand Rapids has a new chief of police. Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom today named Franklin, Tennessee Police Chief David Rahinski as Grand Rapids' next Chief.
"Although this was a difficult decision--as we had four very strong candidates to consider--feedback from hundreds of citizens made this choice easier. I believe Chief Rahinsky best matches the Community Profile. His experience and resume are very deep and he has received wide support from the community. Chief Rahinsky was unanimously selected by my Police Chief Advisory Team as the best fit for Grand Rapids," said Sundstrom.
"I am eager to begin working with the men and women of the Grand Rapids Police Department. The community engagement process provided me with a flavor of what Grand Rapids residents are most interested in, and I intend to build community relationships with that as my starting point," stated Rahinsky.
Rahinsky began his law enforcement career in 1989 in Fort Lauderdale as a Patrol Officer with the Broward County Sheriff’s Department. Within ten years he was promoted to the position of Lieutenant Commander. While with the Sheriff’s Department, he served as Executive Officer for the City of Dania Beach, Chief of Pembroke Park, and Chief of Oakland Park. In 2006, Rahinsky was hired by the City of Franklin, Tennessee as Deputy Chief, promoted to Assistant Chief, and then in 2011, he was promoted to Police Chief.
Sundstrom also acknowledged the contributions of Interim Police Chief Daniel Savage. "I would like to commend Interim Chief Savage for stepping up to lead the Police Department until the new Chief takes the helm. Dan is a dedicated law enforcement professional, and Grand Rapids is fortunate to have had such a talented leader in the Grand Rapids Police Department serve as Police Chief in the interim."
The new Chief of Police will assume his duties on July 7, 2014.