City seeks input for future of public safety dept.

City officials are asking for the community's input to help shape the future of public safety service in Grand Haven. City Manager Pat McGinnis said they started gathering opinions and attitudes by sitting down with all members of the public safety department in mid-March, and then they held five community focus groups. The panels were made up of senior citizens, students, professionals, business owners, residents, city staff, elected officials, appointed officials and partner organizations.
Alex Doty
Apr 5, 2011


“We tried to get a good mix of people,” McGinnis said, “and I think we were really successful.”

The purpose of information sessions was to gather as much community input as possible before making a recommendation to City Council about the next step for public safety.

“We have pressure to cooperate with neighboring jurisdictions and even greater pressure due to restricted future revenue,” McGinnis said. “Giving the public what they want starts with asking the public what they expect.”

McGinnis said community advocate Gordon Ritter is serving as the moderator during the focus groups. Ritter asked questions such as what people expect out of the public safety department and what kinds of leadership traits would be expected out of a new director.

Ritter said he was chosen to moderate the discussions because he wasn’t directly connected to the situation.

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

Online survey:



A great start would be to remind the GHPSD that they are there to protect and to serve....not harass and take advantage of people. Maybe they need to hire a minority or two to help with the image of being whittieville… It seems grand haven likes to only hire white people.


Correct me if I am wrong but wasnt their last Chief an African American?


Post a Comment

Log in to your account to post comments here and on other stories, galleries and polls. Share your thoughts and reply to comments posted by others. Don't have an account on Create a new account today to get started.