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Grand Rapids Police Chief announces retirement

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - After more than 30 years of service, Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk is retiring.

We spoke with the chief Wednesday morning. He says this is a decision he didn't come to lightly. He says he's been thinking about retiring for a while now and he decided now is the time to do it.

Officially, he will be done February 7th, but the city manager has asked him to stay on until they can find a replacement to make that transition a little smoother.

Chief Belk has been with the Grand Rapids Police Department for more than 30 years. He joined GRPD in 1980 as a patrol officer, and became an investigator just two years later. He was promoted in 1988, 89 and 93, eventually becoming captain in 1996, and serving as commander of the investigative division until 2003. 

Belk was named the Acting Police Chief in 2007 and officially took over the title in 2008.

He says there's never a good time to go but he feels the department is in a good position right now.

Coming up Wednesday night at 5:00 and 6:00 we will take a look back at some of Chief Belks accomplishments and some of the biggest challenges he dealt with and we'll also take a look at what this means for the city.