Colorado Springs' City Manager has named a new Police Chief.
Colorado Springs City Manager Lorne Kramer today named Richard Myers as the 17th City of Colorado Springs Chief of Police. Myers has been Chief of Police for Appleton, Wisconsin since 1995. He has also served as Chief of Police in Plymouth, Michigan and Lisle, Illinois.
Kramer said, "Richard Myers rose to the top of our list of three well qualified finalists. I believe Chief Myers leadership and dedication to creative community collaboration and partnerships, and his vision for the future of the police department parallels our community challenges. I'm pleased to present Richard Myers as our new Chief of Police."
A nationwide search to fill the position began in September when Chief Luis Velez retired. Colorado Springs Deputy Chief, Dave Felice, who was also a finalist, will continue to serve as interim chief until Myers assumes his new position.
In addition to his service as police chief, Myers served as a police officer and deputy sheriff in three metropolitan Detroit public safety agencies. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in Washington, DC. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University in 1989. He is a graduate of the 156th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Myers will earn $140,000 and expected to begin January 15, 2007.