Mayor Schor wishes Chief Yankowski luck in statement – WILX-TV

Mayor Schor wishes Chief Yankowski luck in statement - WILX-TV

Grand Rapids announces three police chief finalists

LANSING — The chief of the Lansing Police Department has been named as one of the finalists for the top job in the Grand Rapids Police Department. 

Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington announced Tuesday that Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski was one of three candidates in the running to be the new chief.

Other candidates include retired Pittsburgh Assistant Police Chief Larry Scirotto and Grand Rapids Deputy Police Chief Eric Payne.

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.

Grand Rapids Police Chief search down to final three

Yankowski has served as chief of the Lansing Police Department since 2013, and is a 25-year veteran with the department. Before becoming chief, he was a captain for the patrol division and oversaw 150 personnel. He also worked in Internal Affairs and as a patrol watch commander, canine handler and supervisor and street supervisor. 

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.”

“When you have the best talent, everyone else wants that talent as well. While I would like Chief Yankowski to remain the police chief here in Lansing, I certainly understand that the Chief is being recruited for this opportunity,” Schor said in a statement. “Grand Rapids would be lucky to have Mike Yankowski and I wish him the best of luck in the interview process.

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.

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