Three candidates to face off in tonight's police chief forum

Collaborator: Rachael Schuit
Published: 01/19/2022, 3:57 PM
Edited: 01/19/2022, 4:54 PM

(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) Jim Blocker, Jutiki Jackson, and Eric Winstrom are all candidates to be the next police chief for the City of Grand Rapids. 

Wednesday night from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm they will be answering questions from residents.

In addition to meeting with the public, the three candidates will also be participating in interviews with city staff while they are in Grand Rapids. 

Blocker, Jackson, and Winstrom were chosen among 35 law enforcement professionals that expressed interest in the position. 

Blocker is currently the police chief in Battle Creek, Michigan and has served with that department for 25 years. 

Jackson is retired from the Milwaukee Police Department where he served in many different capacities including as a sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and police inspector. 

Winstrom is currently a police commander in Chicago and has been with the department for more than 20 years. 

Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington will announce who is chosen as the next chief of police in the coming weeks. 

Washington will review feedback from the community and meet with each candidate during his decision making process. 

If you would like to attend the forum, it will be at City Hall located at 300 Monroe Ave NW on the ninth floor in the city commission chambers. 

The city of Grand Rapids will also be live streaming the event on its Facebook and YouTube channels and it can be found on Comcast Channel 26. 


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