Lansing police chief a finalist to lead Grand Rapids Police Department – Lansing State Journal

Lansing police chief a finalist to lead Grand Rapids Police Department - Lansing State Journal
Grand Rapids announces three police chief finalists
The finalists for Grand Rapids' next police chief are Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski, retired Pittsburgh Assistant Police Chief Larry Scirotto and Grand Rapids Deputy Police Chief Eric Payne. (Courtesy photo | City of Grand Rapids)

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids next police chief is expected to be one of the three finalists announced Tuesday, June 4.

The finalists are Grand Rapids Deputy Police Chief Eric Payne, Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski, and retired Pittsburgh Assistant Police Chief Larry Scirotto.

City Manager Mark Washington worked with Public Sector Search & Consulting, Inc. to narrow a pool of 31 applicants down to the finalist group.

These finalists have proven senior executive law enforcement experience, Washington said in a press release. They are outstanding leaders and they have devoted their careers to keeping communities safe. They also are committed to collaboration and building trust with the community.”

A two-hour community forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School, 1205 Grandville Ave. SW. Each of the finalists will provide brief remarks and then answer questions from attendees and those who submit questions in advance.

Questions may be submitted on the citys website, or via social media with the hashtag #grchiefsearch.

I look forward to community members meeting the finalists on June 13 and asking questions that are important to them,” Washington said.

The finalists will participate in a series of closed interviews. Washington will meet with the finalists June 14 and announce his selection by the end of June.

Payne has served the police department for 33 years, most recently as deputy chief of operations, who oversees the patrol division, Special Response Team, traffic unit, office of special events and canine unit.

He previously served as captain of the investigative division, and was also captain of the south service area and the departments crisis negotiation team.

Payne has a bachelors degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University. He has advanced leadership training from the Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute and Leadership Institute for Police Executives and New Chiefs.

Yankowski is a 25-year veteran of the Lansing Police Department, serving as chief since 2013. He leads a department of 248 sworn and non-sworn personnel.

He previously served as a police captain responsible for the patrol division, and worked in Internal Affairs and as a patrol watch commander, canine handler, and supervisor.

Scirotto served with the Public Bureau of Police — with an authorized staff of 950 sworn officers — for 23 years. During his tenure, he led the departments professional standards branch wand was responsible for internal affairs, training education, officer wellness and safety, and policy oversight.

Scirotto earned a bachelors degree in criminal justice from Ashworth University and plans to complete a masters degree in organizational development and leadership from Saint Josephs University in 2020. Hes a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Interim Police Chief David Kiddle has been leading the department since December 2018 when former chief David Rahinsky, 53, announced his retirement. Kiddle did not apply for the open police chief position.

Public Sector Search & Consulting was contracted for up to $34,000 to assist in the search for the citys next police chief. The city commission unanimously approved the expenditure in January.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights announced the official investigation into 23 complaints of discrimination on May 7, 2019.

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