2013 Distinguished Alumnus
Kevin R. Belk
Chief of Police, Grand Rapids Police Department
Chief Belk is a 1979 graduate from Grand Rapids Community College. He’s currently the Chief of Police for Grand Rapids Police Department, and has served in that role since September 2007. He is been in various roles within the department for over 30 years.
Chief Belk earned an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC in 1979. Then in 1998 he attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia where he was a graduate of the 193rd session. In 2000 he graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.
Chief Belk has served on numerous committees for organizations in our community. Since 2003 he has served on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth. He also has served on the NorthPointe Christian Schools school board since 2005. He has been an advisory board member for the Kent Intermediate School District, Kent Career Technical Center, Criminal Justice Program since 2004. Since 2004, Chief Belk has been an Advisory Committee member for the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority – Law Enforcement.
Retired, Grand Rapids Press Columnist
Tom Rademacher is a 1974 graduate from Grand Rapids Community College. Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Tom Rademacher has been employed part-time as a lifeguard, factory worker, silkscreener, taxicab driver, handyman and swim coach. For more than three decades, he endeared himself to readers of The Grand Rapids Press. Rademacher retired from The Press in 2009 and currently works as a freelance writer, licensed builder-remodeler, and adjunct instructor of English at Grand Rapids Community College.
Tom earned an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC in 1974. In 1978, he graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Education.
Rademacher serves on the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame and Warren Reynolds Classic Golf Memorial committees. He has won numerous awards for his writings by the Michigan Press Association, Associated Press and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He has written two books, Splitting Wood and Knocking at Your Door, which include stories from his Grand Rapids Press columns concerning people in the greater Grand Rapids community.