Meet the three finalists for GR police chief

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Tonight is your chance to meet the three finalists for Grand Rapids' next police chief.

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

Yankowski has been chief in Lansing since 2013 and has been with the department for 25 years.  Scirotto was with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for 23 years and was the department's youngest assistant chief.  Payne has been with the Grand Rapids Police Department for 33 years and has been the deputy chief of operations.  To read more about each finalist, click here.

The three finalists will participate in a public forum on Thursday, June 13 at Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School at 1205 Grandville Ave. SW from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Attendees can ask questions in person or via the City's Facebook livestream. You can also submit questions ahead of time at this link or through social media using the hashtag #grchiefsearch.

The city manager will meet with each finalist for closed interviews on June 14. A final decision is expected to be made by the end of June.


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  • steve

    If all three are equally qualified, I’d choose Eric Payne, primarily for two reasons. First, because he’s black. All those that have been complaining for years that the black community will have more respect for a chief they can more readily identify with will no longer have that reason for the discord within the city to be an excuse for the behavior of some individuals. When nothing changes, at least that argument can’t be used. Second, Eric Payne knows exactly what he’s getting into. The other two really don’t, relying on information from third parties rather than first hand seeing and experiencing what Grand Rapids is today what it was years ago, and perhaps where it’s heading in the future. As I said, if they’re all equally qualified, I’d choose Payne and wish him the best of luck.

  • lml25

    It doesn’t matter if Payne is picked or not–choosing a black chief changes nothing–see the weekly massacres in Chicago,Baltimore etc(most major cities have black chiefs).Choosing a black to appease the minorities is ridiculous.Here however,are Las Vegas’ latest odds:
    Payne 1-9 favorite
    Yankowski 500-1
    Scirotto 500-1
    With black city manager Mark Washington making the decision–guess what?Polish and Italian need not apply.

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