Eric Payne

Grand Rapids Police Department

At Thursday’s budget meeting Grand Rapids City Manager, Mark Washington explained the police department’s budget will not be cut. Instead, Chief of Police Eric Payne is proposing a $1.13 million budget freeze. 

“So there are no community policing resources that are being cut. There are some adjustments that are being made.”


For the first time in Grand Rapids history, the city’s Police Department is under the leadership of an African-American, as Eric Payne has been officially sworn-in as Chief of Police. It’s the beginning of a new era at the Grand Rapids Police Department as Tuesday marks Eric Payne’s first official day on the job after being sworn in Monday evening.

Serving previously as Deputy Chief, Payne replaces former police Chief David Rahinksy who retired and moved to Florida last December.