Public forum set for Grand Rapids police chief candidates

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – The public will get an opportunity to see candidates who want to become the next police chief in Grand Rapids, the second-largest city in Michigan.

The Jan. 19 forum will be held in City Commission chambers. The candidates are expected to give brief remarks and answer questions from community members.

Residents will be able to participate in an online survey about the candidates following the forum.

Chief Eric Payne is retiring after more than 30 years with the department and 2 1/2 years as the city’s top cop. Grand Rapids says 35 law enforcement professionals expressed interest in the job.