COLORADO SPRINGS – Police Chief Pete Carey will step down in February following 7 years of service with the Colorado Springs Police Department.
A release from the City of Colorado Springs does not state what Carey’s next moves are in life after 36 years of public service. A police department spokesman says the Chief won’t be available for interviews this week as he plans on meeting with his staff to discuss the decision to retire.
News5 is reaching out to the city for more information, specifically when a search for a replacement will begin and the next steps for the city and police department.
Carey has served in local law enforcement since 1982 when he joined the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, before moving to CSPD where he worked Patrol and within the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division, then supervised the Training Academy, Tactical Enforcement Unit and Metro VNI.
His rise to leadership in the department continued with his promotion to Lieutenant in 1999, Commander in 2004, and Chief of Police starting with an interim appointment in 2011.
“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.”