A new Police Chief has been named for the City of Pueblo.
Luis Velez has been appointed the new Chief of Police. Velez has been serving as Interim Chief of Police since February.
According to a press release, city officials say Velez has “demonstrated outstanding leadership while serving as Interim Chief of Police.”
Pueblo City Manager Jerry Pacheco says, “In a few short months he has been here, Luis Velez has proven he can provide the leadership we need to positively respond to challenges and create opportunities for change that will assist in carrying on the important work of the Pueblo Police Department.”
Pacheco adds,“His extensive law enforcement background and administration experience has been key to his early success here in Pueblo. His dedication to public service is exemplary and I look forward to his contributions moving forward. The City is pleased to have him officially join the leadership team.”
Luis Velez has over thirty years of law enforcement experience, serving as Police Chief in Colorado Springs for over four years. He was also the Vice President of Education for Colorado Technical University until late 2010.
Velez is fluent in Spanish and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo, a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, and a Doctor of Management degree from Colorado Technical University.
Velez has graduated from the FBI National Academy as well as the FBI Executive Institute. He was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Peace Officer Standards and Training board in 2004, and was the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs Public Administrator of the Year in 2006.
Velez has been recognized for his innovative police work and was an active member in creating the Gang Intervention Network (GangNet).
He is also involved in the El Pomar Foundation’s Hispanic Advisory Council, Emerging Leader Program, and Multi-cultural Youth Leadership initiative.