Colorado Springs–In a press release from the City of Colorado Springs, Chief of Police Peter Carey announced that he will retire on Feb. 1, 2019.
Cary, who is married with four children, began his career in law enforcement as an El Paso County Deputy Sheriff in 1982. He moved to the Colorado Springs Police Department as a patrol officer in 1984.
Working in the Metro Vice, Narcotics & Intelligence Division, he was promoted to Sergeant in 1991 and supervised in the Patrol, Training Academy and Tactical Enforcement Divisions. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1991 and then to Commander in 2004, he became Deputy Chief of the Administrative Services Bureau, was appointed as Acting Chief of Police in October, 2011 and received his permanent appointment to Chief of Police in January 2012.
Cary holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. 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.
“I have served the community of Colorado Springs with the support of this amazing police force for 34 years as both an officer and as chief, and every day, it has been my honor to do so,” said Carey. “I am proud of every civilian employee, every CAPS volunteer and every officer, for showing up for each shift with commitment and courage, all while keeping professionalism and excellent customer service top of mind. It has been a pleasure to work with each of these dedicated men and women and I am grateful for the time here and the honor of serving this great city.”
“Chief Pete Carey has provided exceptional leadership and service to the Colorado Springs Police Department, and we are grateful for his tenure,” said Mayor John Suthers.