Colorado Springs gets a new fire chief

Christopher Riley is set to become the new fire chief for Colorado Springs From the City of Pueblo

Colorado Springs is getting a new fire chief. 

Mayor Steve Bach announced the appointment on Monday.

Christopher P. Riley is set to be confirmed at the city’s Regular Council meeting on Aug. 13.

Riley was previously Pueblo’s Fire Chief. He was appointed to that position in 2006 and has been involved with fire service since 1981.

He will earn $145,000 annually as he oversees the department of 427 firefighters and soon to be 22 stations.

“I am pleased to introduce Chief Riley as the next Fire Chief for the City of Colorado Springs,” said Mayor Steve Bach. “His 32 years in the fire service, including extensive wild land experience and seven years as Fire Chief for the City of Pueblo, will be a tremendous asset to our community.”

Dependent upon his confirmation, he will start Sept. 9.

“I am excited and deeply honored to accept the offer of an extraordinary career opportunity from Colorado Springs Mayor Stephen Bach to become Fire Chief pending confirmation by Colorado Springs City Council,” Chief Riley said. “I am, however, experiencing a degree of mixed emotions in accepting this new challenge as I leave behind the great city of Pueblo and an exceptional organization that is the City of Pueblo Fire Department, of which I have proudly called home for the last seven years.”

City officials said there were 40 applicants and nine who interviewed for the job – none of which were internal applicants.

Colorado Springs had been looking for a new chief since Richard Brown retired earlier this year. 

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