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GRPD's deputy chief retiring after 28 years with department

Posted at 11:14 AM, Dec 10, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — GRPD Deputy Chief David Kiddle will be retiring after more than 28 years of service with the department, a news release said Thursday.

After being promoted to sergeant in 1999, Kiddle worked as a patrol supervisor and as the coordinator of special events.

With his promotion to lieutenant in 2004, he held the roles of watch commander, administrative lieutenant assigned to the east service area and commander of the internal affairs unit.

He was named acting captain in September 2007 and was assigned as the commander of the support services division.

Other roles Kiddle has held since then include deputy chief over administrative and investigative services, interim police chief and president of the Grand Rapids Police Command Officers Association, among others.

“Dave has been an outstanding cop throughout his career, making immeasurable contributions to the department, and the city as a whole,” GRPD Chief Eric Payne said. “We are very sorry to see him go, but are excited for him and his family as he moves on to the next chapter in his life. We wish him nothing but the best.”

Kiddle has been named director of security and emergency preparedness for Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids.