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Grand Rapids holds Oct. 24 job fair

logo-cityGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – An upcoming recruitment event, hosted by the City of Grand Rapids, aims to generate awareness of available and upcoming City job opportunities. The Recruitment Symposium will take place Monday, Oct. 24 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Wealthy Theater (1130 Wealthy St SE).

City personnel will detail upcoming position openings and explain the Civil Service application and testing processes. As part of the “Grow Our Own” initiative, City officials will also outline the many rewarding careers available in public service. Human Resources staff will also share information about competitive benefits packages such as paid sick leave and vacation, tuition reimbursement, continuing career training and education, job security and competitive salary ranges.

“We are building the City’s future together,” City Manager Greg Sundstrom stated. “Those recruited and hired today will shape policy, services and programs for years to come.”

According to Mari Beth Jelks, Grand Rapids’ managing director of Administrative Services/Human Resources, due to retirements, the City anticipates that as many as 300 positions will open over the next three years.

“It is crucial to find exceptional, homegrown and diverse talent to serve our great City,” said Jelks. “The City offers rewarding opportunities that make a positive difference in people’s lives.”

To register for the City Recruitment Symposium visit To view all available City of Grand Rapids career opportunities and to apply for a job, please visit:

Police Warn of Deadly Drug

logo-grpdThe Grand Rapids Police Department is warning residents, specifically illegal drug users, of a potentially dangerous drug that is being recovered on the streets of Grand Rapids. Since July, the GRPD has had 6 cases where Fentanyl was mixed with cocaine and heroin. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times as potent as morphine. Due to its rapid rate of absorption into the human body, reports indicate that as little as the amount equivalent to the size of a few grains of table salt can be deadly.

The Grand Rapids Police Department wants anyone who has a drug problem to know that there is help available. A good start for those looking to beat a drug dependency can be found at the following links: and

For more information on Fentanyl, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has provided the following link:

Office Closed August 4

Our office will be closed August 4. We will be preparing for our next event on Saturday! Neighborhood Cleanup, ‘Dumpster Day’. Volunteers please show up at 7:30 am. Event starts at 8 am. Those who are coming to get rid of stuff please remember if you have room and see something in the parkway please add it to your pile! Thank you!!