Christopher Riley will be the new Colorado Springs fire chief, said Mayor Steve Bach.
Riley is currently serving as Pueblo’s fire chief. The City Council will confirm his appointment to the Springs position Aug. 13.
“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.
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
Tommy Smith has been the interim fire chief for the city, following the retirement of Rich Brown, who is serving as a consultant until the end of the year at his full salary and benefits.
Riley joins the department after firefighters have responded to two wildland fires in two years – the Waldo Canyon fire burned 342 homes and killed two people. The Black Forest fire this year burned 486 homes and also killed two people.