Longtime city employee and deputy fire chief Richard Brown will be the acting fire chief for the next four to six months, while Fire Chief Steve Cox fills the role of Mayor Steve Bach's chief of staff. Around December, Bach is planning to take a second look at Cox's performance and decide whether to bring Cox on as his permanent right-hand man. If Cox is chosen, a permanent fire chief will be selected.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department Names Richard Brown as Interim Fire Chief
Colorado Springs, CO — The Colorado Springs Fire Department announced today that Deputy Chief Richard Brown will fill the position of Interim Fire Chief. This comes as the current Fire Chief, Steven Cox, has accepted the appointment as Chief of Staff for Mayor Bach. Cox will fill the role as Chief of Staff on a transitional basis. Within the first four to six months they will evaluate their working relationship to determine if this will be a regular position for Cox.
Interim Fire Chief Brown started his career with the Colorado Springs Fire Department in 1980. He worked up through the ranks from firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, to deputy chief of operations. He worked assignments in the Operations Division, Medical Division, and Training Division. Formal education includes a master's degree in organizational leadership from Regis University. Numerous Colorado Springs Fire Department awards include the Medal of Distinguished Service Award. Chief Brown has been married to his wife Lori since 1991 and has one daughter, Madison.
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