There couldn’t have been a more beautiful setting in which to hold a promotion ceremony for Colorado Springs finest. In the Garden Pavilion behind the historic Penrose House, Mayor Bach swore in eight officers to their new positions. It was an important occasion and also a joyful one!
Those promoted include: Deputy Chief Vince Niski, Deputy Chief Mark Smith, Commander Pat Rigdon, Commander Kirk Wilson, Lieutenant Bob Weber, Lieutenant Mike Velasquez, Sergeant Joe Matiatos and Sergeant Patrick Bubacz.
Chief Pete Carey stressed the importance of the work being done by all public safety officers, as well as those who were promoted.
Mayor Bach agreed. “We are so proud of our police force as well as the sworn officers being promoted here today. The City thanks you and our citizens thank you for your service. You help make Colorado Springs the kind of city where people want to live and do business.”
Family members were also proud to see loved ones rewarded for their hard work.
Thanks to those who wear the uniform and their families who support them in their service to the Colorado Springs community!
Commander Pat Rigdon said, “I am very excited to be afforded this opportunity. It is a real honor and I must give credit to the fine people that I work for, the people I work with, and those that work for me. They are the ones that helped me get here. I will be staying at the Gold Hill Division and I have already begun to establish strong working relationships with a variety of community members. There is a real passion about the quality of life in the neighborhoods that the Gold Hill Division services and I hope to be a part of making it an even better place to live by ensuring that public safety needs are met. I understand that the Colorado Springs Police Department is very reliant on the strong support we receive from the citizens in the community. I want to continue to build this support and trust. I am a native of Colorado Springs and I can’t imagine a better place to live!”