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LPD Chief takes name out of running for GRPD chief position

Posted at 5:49 AM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 09:28:43-04

Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski has pulled his name out of the running for the top job at the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Yankowski confirmed the news to Fox 47 Wednesday night.

He has been handling community response to a controversial arrest of a Lansing teenage girl earlier this month.

Chief Yankowski tells Fox 47 that is not why he has decided to not pursue the job opening for Grand Rapids Police Chief.

In a statement, Chief Yankowski said:

"Over the past several months, I have had time to reflect on my 25-year career in law enforcement, with the past six years as the Police Chief for the city of Lansing. The sacrifices my family has endured for my professional career are far too many to list. This past weekend, I informed the city of Grand Rapids that I was not going to pursue the Chief of Police position with the Grand Rapids Police Department. Although I'm humbled and honored to be considered a finalist for the position, in the end, it simply came down to what I feel is best for my family and me. I wish the city of Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Police Department, and the community of Grand Rapids nothing but success as they continue to grow as a community."

Yankowski tells Fox 47 he will remain as the Chief of the Lansing Police Department.

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