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Mayor Suthers announces pick to lead Colorado Springs Police Department

Posted at 9:47 AM, Feb 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 06:53:19-05
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COLORADO SPRINGS – Mayor John Suthers announced Monday that he has picked interim police chief Vince Niski as his nominee to lead the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Niski served as deputy chief of the department since 2012 and has worked in varying roles with CSPD since 1989. In his 30 years of service with Springs Police, he worked in patrol, traffic, and metro vice, narcotics and intelligence divisions within the department.

“Colorado Springs is my hometown, and to be selected as Police Chief is an absolute honor,” Niski said in a statement. “I have had the good fortune of spending my entire career with CSPD, and I couldn’t be more proud to lead this dedicated group of professionals.”

“Vince brings commitment to the spirit of excellence, a unique understanding of CSPD’s past and present, valuable cross-division experience and the drive and vision to continue to move our police department forward,” Suthers said in a statement.

The Colorado Springs City Council will have to provide final approval of Niski’s appointment. If approved, he will replace Pete Carey as chief. Carey served as police chief from 2011 until 2019 and left the department to serve as El Paso County undersheriff. Carey began serving in that role on Monday.