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Mayor Bach announces New Fire Chief
Monday, July 29, 2013

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Mayor Steve Bach announced today his appointment of Chief Christopher P. Riley as the new Colorado Springs Fire Chief. Chief Riley comes to Colorado Springs from the City of Pueblo and is to be confirmed by City Council at the August 13 Regular Council meeting.

“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 wildland experience and seven years as Fire Chief for the City of Pueblo, will be a tremendous asset to our community.”


Chief Riley will earn $145,000 annually and will oversee a department of 427 firefighters and 20, soon to be 22, fire stations. Pending City Council confirmation, Chief Riley’s start date will be September 9. 
There were 40 applicants for the position, 9 of whom interviewed for the job. There were no internal applicants.