COLORADO SPRINGS — The mayor of Colorado Springs announced his appointment of the new Colorado Springs Fire Chief on Friday.
Mayor John Suthers selected Deputy Fire Chief Randy Royal following Chief Ted Collas’ retirement on March 5. City Council will have to approve his appoinment.
Chief Royal has been with the Colorado Springs Fire Department since 1987. He has worked in emergency services for over 42 years, including 28 of those years as a paramedic. He has served in a Chief Officer role as a Battalion Chief, Shift Commander and Deputy Chief over 16 years.
"Randy understands the unique needs of our community, and his experience includes leadership roles during the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires," said Mayor Suthers. "We had several great candidates from across the country, but ultimately we chose to select a highly-qualified, long-time member of our community."
37 candidates applied nationwide.
“I am honored to have been chosen by the mayor to fill the position of Fire Chief for the CSFD,” said Randy Royal. “I believe the CSFD is one of the best fire departments in the nation, with excellent staff that are willing to go above and beyond to serve our residents and visitors."