GRPD’s chief is stepping down


David Rahinsky. Photo by Michael Buck

Grand Rapids’ top cop has resigned.

David Rahinsky, chief of the Grand Rapids Police Department, is resigning from the force, effective Feb. 5, 2019, and retiring, according to a letter from City Manager Mark Washington.

“I want to thank the chief for all he has done for our community and our police department since becoming Grand Rapids' top law enforcement official in 2014,” Washington said.

“Working closely with community stakeholders, police personnel, city leadership and the City Commission, the chief has made our police department a model for other law enforcement agencies across the country.“

Although his official last day of city employment will be Feb. 5, Rahinsky plans to take time off during and after the holiday period to spend time with his family. His last day in the office will be Dec. 18.

In the letter, Washington praised Rahinsky for his record of service with the City of Grand Rapids.

Under Rahinsky’s leadership, the city was an early adopter of body-worn cameras. He also oversaw the implementation of a bias-free policing policy, youth interaction policy and officer training for both policies.

“The chief's departure creates an opportunity for new leadership,” Washington said. “Our police department has very fine men and women who can lead and continue to keep our community safe.”

Washington plans to announce the search plan for a new police chief in the next couple of weeks.

Rahinsky was appointed GRPD’s chief in June 2014, coming from the same position in Franklin, Tennessee. He has also served in numerous roles within the Broward County Sheriff's Department in Florida and has 32 years of law enforcement experience.

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