Following a national search in which 64 applicants vied to be the next Colorado Springs Police Chief, Mayor John Suthers decided to promote from within, naming Vince Niski to the position Monday.
His appointment is pending confirmation by the Colorado Springs City Council.
Niski served as interim chief when former Chief Pete Carey retired on Feb. 1, and he previously served as Carey’s Deputy Chief since 2012. He has been with the department for 30 years, beginning his career in 1989.
“Vince Niski is a man with great integrity, and who has proven his leadership abilities as Deputy Chief over the last seven years,” Suthers said in an emailed statement Monday. “He is highly regarded both within the department and across the law enforcement community.”
Suthers called Niski “an integral part of CSPD’s leadership team” under Carey’s tenure and commended his “spirit of excellence.” Niski brings an understanding of the department’s past and present and “the drive and vision to continue to move our police department forward,” Suthers said.
In his 30 years with the department, Niski has worked in the patrol, traffic, and Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence divisions. He promoted to lieutenant in 2007, commander in 2011 and Deputy Chief in 2012.
Niski holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership and Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.
“Colorado Springs is my hometown and to be selected as Police Chief is an absolute honor,” Niski was quoted in the city’s email announcement. “I have had the good fortune of spending my entire career with CSPD, and I couldn’t be more proud to lead this dedicated group of professionals.”
Niski was selected over 63 other applicants from across the U.S. who applied to run the department. Those applicants were then narrowed to five finalists and interviews were underway, the city said last week.
The announcement also comes on Carey’s first day as El Paso County Undersheriff.
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