COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey will retire at the beginning of February, the City announced today. Carey has served as chief since 2011 and joined the Colorado Springs Police Department 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 February 1, 2019.
“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.”
Chief of Police Pete Carey
Chief Peter Carey began his law enforcement career with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 1982. In 1984, he joined the Colorado Springs Police Department as an officer in Patrol and then with the Metro Vice, Narcotics & Intelligence Division. Promoted to sergeant in 1991, he supervised in Patrol, the Training Academy, Tactical Enforcement Unit, Investigations, and Metro VNI. In 1999, he was promoted to lieutenant with assignments in Patrol, Patrol Support and in Persons Crimes. Promoted to Commander in 2004, he was assigned to Patrol Support and then to the Stetson Hills Patrol Division. In 2008, he was promoted to Deputy Chief over the Administrative Services Bureau and then to the Patrol Bureau. In October 2011, he was appointed Acting Chief of Police, formally receiving the permanent appointment in January 2012.
Chief Carey holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. 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.
Chief Carey serves on many boards in the Fourth Judicial District, enhancing the quality of life for the citizens who live and visit here. Chief Carey is married and has four children.