Luis Velez, the former police chief for Colorado Springs has been announced as the Interim Chief of Police for Pueblo.
Velez, a 31-year veteran of the police force, boasts an extensive background which includes a doctorate in management from the Colorado Technical University, an education from the FBI National Academy and FBI Executive Institute and an appointment by the governor to serve on the Peace Officers Standards and Training board in 2004.
“I have known Lou Velez for several years and I have a great deal of respect for him,” Chief James W. Billings, Jr. said. Billings is the current Pueblo Chief of Police, and is retiring.
“The members of the police department, as well as the community at large, will find him knowledgeable, approachable and professional. His selection as the Interim Chief should facilitate a smooth transition in the process to appoint the new Chief of Police,” Billings added.
Velez served as Chief of Police for Colorado Springs from 2002 until 2006. Upon retiring, he became the Vice President of Education for Colorado Technical University until late in 2010. Along with his doctorate, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. According to the statement released by the city of Pueblo, Velez was a “pioneer” in creating the Gang Intervention Network.
Velez will start his term on February 16 and will be serving indefinitely.