City appoints GRPD’s interim chief


David Kiddle. Courtesy City of Grand Rapids

The city has found its interim chief for the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington appointed Deputy Police Chief David Kiddle to serve in the temporary leadership role, effective Dec. 19.

Kiddle will replace Police Chief David Rahinsky, who is leaving on Dec. 18 to begin retirement by moving closer to his family, the Business Journal previously reported.

“He is very capable of leading our police department and keeping our community safe,” Washington said of Kiddle.

“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.”

Kiddle has been with GRPD since 1992 and been a deputy chief since March 2015.

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. 

During his tenure with the city, he has received three meritorious unit citations and numerous letters of recommendation. 

He 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 a B.A. and an M.A. in criminal justice from Michigan State University.

The City of Grand Rapids has also issued a request for proposals from executive search firms to recruit a new police chief.

The search firm will seek community input during the selection process.

Washington expects to hire a new chief in June or July.

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