Franklin police chief takes job in Michigan

Franklin police chief takes job in Michigan (Image 1)

Franklin Police Chief David Rahinsky was named the new police chief in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The announcement was made Friday by City Manager Greg Sundstrom.

It came one day after a public forum was held to introduce the four candidates to the community.

“Although this was a difficult decision — as we had four very strong candidates to consider — feedback from hundreds of citizens made this choice easier,” Sundstrom said in the statement. “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.”

Rahinsky will replace retiring Police Chief Kevin Belk.

He said he is ready to get to work in the city.

“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.

He will start his duties in Grand Rapids on July 7.

Rahinsky was hired in Franklin in 2006 as the city’s deputy chief. He served as the police chief since 2011.

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