Colorado Springs mayor names new police chief

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Deputy Chief Vince Niski has been named the next police chief for the city of Colorado Springs.

Niski was previously selected as the interim chief by Mayor John Suthers, who announced Monday that the role would be permanent.

Niski is taking the helm from former Chief Pete Carey, who left the force at the beginning of the month to take a role with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Niski has been with the Colorado Springs Police Department since 1989. He has worn several hats during his time as a police officer, working in the traffic unit, the metro vice and narcotics unit, and as a patrol officer before being tapped for deputy chief in 2012.

"Colorado Springs is my hometown, and to be selected as Police Chief is an absolute honor,” said Niski in a statement Monday. “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. I want to thank Mayor Suthers for the selection and pending the approval of City Council, I look forward to working hard to further CSPD’s commitment to integrity and excellence in serving and protecting my home town.”

When speaking with reporters the new chief stated he wants to focus on several things including decreasing traffic fatalities and tackling issues tied to the homeless.

"Just know, the departments is still committed to making this one of the safest communities in the country," Chief Niski stated. "“Our goal is to really improve the lives of everyone in Colorado Springs. Every officer, every detective is committed to that. That’s why we come to work and I’ve committed my 30-year career to that and I’ll continue to do that as chief of police.”