Niski tapped to serve as interim police chief

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A nearly 30-year veteran of the Colorado Springs Police Department will take the reins Feb. 1, following the retirement of outgoing Chief Pete Carey.

Deputy Chief Vince Niski will serve as the interim chief after Carey, who has helmed the department since 2011, retires. Mayor John Suthers announced the appointment in a statement Monday. A nationwide search is underway for Carey’s replacement.

Niski has been a resident of the city for nearly 50 years and a member of the department since February 1989. He was promoted through the ranks and, along with Mark Smith, named deputy chief in 2012.

Niski currently oversees the Patrol Operations Bureau, but has also served in the traffic unit, Metro Vice Narcotics and Intelligence Division and the Specialized Enforcement Division, among others. He was previously assigned to the Sand Creek Patrol Division on the city’s Southeast side.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and is an alumnus of the Center for Creative Leadership and Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management institute for Police.

–Regan Foster