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GRPD CHIEF
(2008-01-10)
(wgvu) - THE LONG SEARCH FOR A NEW GRAND RAPIDS POLICE CHIEF IS NEARING AN END, WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THREE FINALISTS FOR
FROM A FIELD OF 42, IT'S DOWN TO TWO INTERNAL CANDIDATES AND ONE EXTERNAL. DON GREEN IS DEPUTY CHIEF OF THE KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT; KEVIN BELK IS ACTING G-R-P-D CHIEF; AND CAPTAIN JAMES FARRIS IS COMMANDER OF THE DEPARTMENT'S SOUTH POLICE TEAM. DEPUTY CHIEF GREEN HAS BEEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT SINCE 1977, ALL BUT TWO OF THOSE YEARS WITH KNOXVILLE. HIS EXPERIENCE INCLUDES CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS, SUPPORT AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS. ACTING CHIEF BELK HAS BEEN WITH G-R-P-D THE PAST 27 YEARS, WORKING HIS WAY UP FROM PATROL OFFICER, AND HIS SPENT HIS ENTIRE LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER IN GRAND RAPIDS. HIS EXPERIENCE INCLUDES SUPPORT SERVICES AND DETECTIVE WORK. CAPTAIN JAMES FARRIS STARTED WITH G-R-P-D IN 1981 AFTER FOUR YEARS WITH DETROIT POLICE. HE'S BEEN A PARAMEDIC, COMMUNITY RELATIONS SPECIALIST, AND WORKED INTERNAL AFFAIRS, ALONG WITH DETECTIVE AND COMMUNITY POLICING WORK. ALL THREE ARE GRADUATES OF THE F-B-I NATIONAL ACADEMY. PUBLIC INTERVIEWS WITH ALL THREE ARE JANUARY 17 AT THE GERALD FORD MUSEUM BEGINNING AT 1PM, WITH THE FINAL DECISION BY LATE THIS MONTH.
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