GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The process of finding a new police chief kicks into full gear Wednesday night with the start of a four-part series of community forums. 

Chief Eric Payne announced his retirement in early August, saying he plans to retire early next year or until a new chief takes over. City Manager Mark Washington explained that because of the pandemic much of the community engagement that comes with finding a new person for the position will be done virtually.

A consulting firm was hired to recruit candidates and put together a profile of the kind of person the city is looking for. The community has several opportunities to share their thoughts during this process. A series of four virtual forums will provide an opportunity for people to share which qualities they believe the next police chief must possess. 

During the forums, a moderator will ask questions to guide the session. Here are the dates and times of the virtual discussions:

  • 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13
  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16
  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16
  • 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19

If you are unable to attend the forums, you can also share your thoughts in a survey