Mayor Steve Bach, who appointed Carey with Council's unanimous approval, said that he had planned on launching a nationwide search for a new chief.
“It became clear to me quickly that we could find no better person than Pete Carey to be our police chief,” the mayor said at the announcement in City Hall.
Carey has served with local law enforcement since 1982. He was named a CSPD deputy chief in January 2008.
Here's the official word:
New police chief named; Carey to continue
Mayor Steve Bach today announced Peter “Pete” Carey has been named Police Chief. Carey had been serving as interim police chief since Oct. 11, 2011, eight days following his predecessor’s retirement. Richard Myers retired on Oct. 3, 2011.
"Chief Carey has demonstrated flexibility, vision and leadership in the challenging role of interim chief,” said Mayor Bach. “We are confident in his substantial abilities and look forward to working with him in the important work of keeping Colorado Springs one of the safest large cities in America.”
Carey was named deputy chief in January 2008. He began his law enforcement career with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in 1982. He joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1984. He has been a Master Patrol Officer, field training officer, narcotics detective, and crisis negotiator. Carey has held supervisory positions in the Patrol Bureau; Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Unit; Training Academy; Specialized Enforcement Unit and Major Crimes Unit.
Chief Carey holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is a graduate of the 229th Session of the FBI's National Academy and a 2010 graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Policing.
He is married and has four children.
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