By Warren Sink – Collegiate Staff
Former Grand Rapids Police Detective Unit Commander, Jeffery Hertel, has been hired as lieutenant of the Grand Rapids Community College campus police department.
Hertel, who started work at GRCC Jan. 12, fills a void left by Lt. Scott Merlo, who is now the Campus Police Chief at Western Michigan University.
Hertel went to GRCC in the early 1980s and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University.
“A family friend worked for the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and listening to him describe his job was one of the factors that developed my interest in law enforcement,” Hertel said.
Hertel worked for the Department of Public Safety in Farmington, for a couple years, then moved to the Bloomfield Township Police Department where he worked for a five years before returning to West Michigan and joining the Grand Rapids Police Department.
He rose up the ranks to command the Detective Unit, and also taught classes at his alma maters FSU and GVSU for the criminal justice programs.
Campus Police Chief Rebecca Whitman said Hertel brings a “wide range of experience including road patrol, investigations, and administration at both supervisory and command levels” to GRCC.
“I believe Lt. Hertel will be a great asset to the GRCC Police Department and our community as a whole,” Whitman said.
Hertel said the energy of the students, was a motivating factor for his return to GRCC.
“I am thrilled to return to GRCC where my college studies started,” Hertel said.