GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Four candidates have been named as finalists for chief of the Grand Rapids Police Department. No internal candidates are finalists, but one is the director of the East Grand Rapids Department of Public Safety.

Below is a news release from the city of Grand Rapids:

Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom announced the names of the four Grand Rapids Police Chief finalists.

  • Ernest N. Finley Jr., Deputy Chief of Police, Community Service Division, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mark A. Herald, Director of Public Safety, East Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • David M. Rahinsky, Chief of Police, Franklin, Tennessee
  • Michael W. Reaves, Director of Public Safety, Port Huron, Michigan

"These finalists are the law enforcement professionals who most closely match the Community Police Chief Profile that the citizens of Grand Rapids helped to create. The next step in the process is to bring them to Grand Rapids to meet our community. I am confident that Grand Rapids' next Police Chief is among these four," stated Sundstrom.

The City Manager invites citizens to one of two opportunities to meet the Police Chief finalists, to hear them present, and to provide input on the selection of Police Chief to the City Manager.

Community Forum in Spanish

Wednesday, June 25, 7-8:15 p.m., Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School

Community Forum in English

Thursday, June 26, 6-8 p.m., Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

While in Grand Rapids, the Police Chief finalists will participate in focus group meetings, a private reception, a tour of the City, and a second interview. Sundstrom expects to appoint a new Police Chief in early July.

Candidate biographies

Deputy Chief Ernest N. Finley Jr

. began his law enforcement career in 1986 with the Atlanta Police Department, which has 2,000 employees. As a Patrol Officer, Finley gained a broad spectrum of neighborhood experience. In 1993, he was promoted to Sergeant, and in 1998, he was promoted to Lieutenant assigned to one of Atlanta's most challenging areas. In 2003, Finley was promoted to Major, supervising 100 employees. In 2010, he was promoted to Deputy Chief over the Field Operation Division, overseeing the department's largest division with 945 officers and civilians with a budget of $94.3 million.

Deputy Chief Finley received his Bachelors of Science degree from Rutgers University in 1997 and his Masters of Public Administration degree from Columbus State University in 2012. His emphasis on strong leadership development of officers, creating innovative community awareness programs for effective crime prevention, and focus on creating strong inter-agency cooperation are the positive attributes that account for his several professional awards and make him a top leader and an outstanding candidate.

Chief Mark A. Herald began his law enforcement career in 1982 as a Public Safety Officer for the Grand Rapids Public Schools. In 1984, he was hired by the Grand Rapids Police Department as a Patrol Officer. In 1991, he promoted to Sergeant, and in 1998, to Lieutenant. He assisted with the design and implementation of new recruitment programs which increased departmental diversity. He proposed and directed implementation of computerized crime analysis mapping. Herald promoted to Captain in 1999 as Commander of the Central Service Area. In 2002, Herald was hired by the City of East Grand Rapids as Deputy Director of Public Safety; in 2006, he was appointed Director of Public Safety.

Chief Herald received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Calvin College in 1982 and a Master of Management degree from Aquinas College in 1991. He has numerous career achievements which include authoring the Webber Seavey award for Quality in Law Enforcement for co-development of the Senior Volunteer neighborhood service program, which makes him a top leader and outstanding candidate.

Chief David M. Rahinsky

began his law enforcement career in 1989 in Fort Lauderdale as a Patrol Officer with the Broward County Sheriff's Department which has over 6,000 employees. Within ten years Rahinsky rose to the position of Lieutenant Commander. While with the Sheriff's Department, he served as Executive Officer for the City of Dania Beach, Chief of Pembroke Park, and Chief of Oakland Park. In 2006, Rahinsky was hired by the City of Franklin, Tennessee as Deputy Chief, promoted to Assistant Chief, and then in 2011, he was promoted to Police Chief.

Chief Rahinsky received his Bachelors of Arts degree in history and a Master of Science degree in Criminology from Florida Atlantic University. Among his several achievements, Rahinsky has focused on increased accountability, professionalism, and responsiveness to improve productivity, crime prevention, and community relations. To improve transparency, he established a Public Affairs office and initiated a crime mapping program for the community, all of which makes him a top leader and outstanding candidate.

Chief Michael W. Reaves

began his law enforcement career in 1979 as a 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatcher for police and fire with the Utica Police Department. In 1981, he became a Utica Police Officer. In 1991, he was promoted to Sergeant and in 2002 he was promoted to Lieutenant in Investigations. In 2003, Reaves was promoted to the Utica Police Chief, which was ultimately converted into a Director of Public Safety for the City of Port Huron when a consolidation occurred.

Chief Reaves received his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Madonna University. During his tenure Reaves has developed extensive experience with organizational management of both police and fire services in addition to a vast knowledge of immigration law and community issues that arise from working in a border city like Port Huron. Additionally, his keen focus of updating the community policing model and re-energizing the Neighborhood Watch programs makes him a top leader and outstanding candidate.

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