Grand Rapids spending $25K on fire chief search


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The City of Grand Rapids will spend $25,000 to find a new fire chief.

On Tuesday, the city commission approved $25,000 to hire a consultant. The money will be used to conduct a national search, prescreen all applicants and conduct interviews.

Outgoing Grand Rapids Fire Chief Laura Knapp announced her retirement in December 2015, after six years of overseeing the department.

The city tells 24 Hour News 8 the search will be just as intense as the search for a police chief two years ago.

“I think the fire chief is a critically important position. It’s the position in charge of making sure we are safe and taken care of, particularly for medical issues,” Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom said.

Three community meetings will be held, one in each ward of the city, to get citizens’ feedback on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 27: City High Middle School (2nd Ward)
  • Monday, Feb. 1: Union High School (1st Ward)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3: Gerald R. Ford Middle School (3rd Ward)

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