Mayor Steve Bach announced Peter “Pete” Carey as Colorado Springs Police Chief on January 24, 2012. Carey served as interim police chief since October 11, 2011, eight days following his predecessor’s retirement.
“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.
Chief Carey is married and has four children.