Long-time Colorado Springs firefighter Ted Collas
has been chosen as fire chief. If he's confirmed by City Council next month, he'll replace Christopher Riley, who left under a severance agreement in March. Collas is currently interim chief.
The city's news release:
Mayor John Suthers announced today his appointment of Acting Colorado Springs Fire Chief Ted Collas as the new Fire Chief, pending confirmation by City Council at the Sept. 27 Regular Council Session. Chief Collas has served in the Colorado Springs Fire Department since 1985 and has been the Acting Chief since March 2016.
“Ted’s 31 years with the Colorado Springs Fire Department, combined with his extensive leadership, training and operational experience will serve as a vital asset to our community,” said Mayor Suthers. ”I am pleased with the hiring process and the level of nationwide interest in the position. However, after interviewing the other candidates it was clear that Chief Collas was the best choice to move our fire department forward.”
Chief Collas will earn $160,235 annually and will oversee a department of 482 sworn and civilian positions and 22 fire stations. Over the past 31 years he has served in the department's Operations Division, Training Division, and the Medical Division. Collas holds an associate degree in Fire Science, a bachelor's degree in Management, and a master's Degree in Organizational Leadership.
A nationwide search was conducted and 45 candidates applied. After a telephone interview process, seven candidates were selected for formal interviews by several groups, including fire department personnel. The mayor and two City Council members interviewed three finalists, from which Collas was selected.