Candidate withdraws from consideration to be GR police chief

A photo of Michael Yankowski.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski has withdrawn from consideration to become the same position in Grand Rapids.

In a statement to WILX in Lansing, Yankowski said the decision came down to what he felt was best for his family.

Yankowski was named one of three finalists earlier this month along with Grand Rapids Police Department Deputy Chief Eric Payne and retired Pittsburgh Assistant Chief Larry Scirotto.

City Manager Mark Washington scheduled private interviews with each candidate earlier this month, and said a final decision was expected to be made by the end of June.

A city spokesperson said Washington is still committed to naming a new police chief by the end of the month.


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    • martha cooper

      I went to the forum. The guy from Pittsburg is sharp. His outside experiences would be a plus in a city that needs change, accountability and community policing. The local candidate is entrenched in the culture of the organization as was evident from his answers, which is what needs to change.

  • lml25

    “The city is too violent,I don’t need the headaches,”said Yankowski,”no more Poles around either–where’d they all go?
    No,he didn’t say that,but I’ll bet he thought it.

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