Colorado Springs police chief announces retirement

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - There will be a new chief for the Colorado Springs Police Department in 2019.

On Thursday current Police Chief Pete Carey announced his retirement. Carey has served as the chief since 2011 and joined the force as an officer in 1984.

“Chief Pete Carey has provided exceptional leadership and service to the Colorado Springs Police Department, and we are grateful for his tenure. There’s no question that he leaves CSPD in strong standing, and its ongoing CALEA accreditation is tribute to his time at the helm,” said Mayor John Suthers. “CSPD has gained a positive local and national reputation, and as such, the City will conduct a national search to ascertain interest in this very important position. That said, we are also mindful of a wealth of talent that exists in the department and we hope there will be several internal candidates for the role of chief. Again, we thank Chief Carey for his dedication and leadership and wish him the best in his retirement.”

Carey will continue in his role until his retirement date of Feb. 1.

“I have served the community of Colorado Springs with the support of this amazing police force for 34 years as both an officer and as chief, and every day, it has been my honor to do so,” said Carey. “I am proud of every civilian employee, every CAPS volunteer and every officer, for showing up for each shift with commitment and courage, all while keeping professionalism and excellent customer service top of mind. It has been a pleasure to work with each of these dedicated men and women and I am grateful for the time here and the honor of serving this great city.”