We did not hold community meet and greets with the police chief finalists prior to the final selection for a number of reasons. First, the selection process focused on some very technical public safety issues and particular factors specific to the Colorado Springs Police Department. The general public assessment would not have been particularly helpful to that process. Second, in the case where there are internal candidates well known to the community, a “meet and greet” exercise can be seen as unfair to outside candidates. Finally, once we ultimately chose an internal candidate well-known to the community, particularly the police force, the need for introductory public meetings was deemed unnecessary. That said, we look forward to getting Vince out into the community more with this new position, and are certain that the residents of Colorado Springs will find him to be an extremely capable, personable and effective Chief.
Mayor John Suthers today announced Interim Chief of Police Vince Niski as his selection for the next Police Chief of Colorado Springs. Niski has served as Deputy Chief since 2012 and has been with CSPD for 30 years, beginning in 1989. Niski’s appointment is pending confirmation by the Colorado Springs City Council.The appointment must be confirmed by City Council, which has never refused to confirm a mayor's appointee since voters approved a change to mayor-Council form of government in 2010.
“Vince Niski is a man with great integrity, and who has proven his leadership abilities as Deputy Chief over the last seven years,” said Suthers. “He is highly regarded both within the department and across the law enforcement community. As an integral part of CSPD’s leadership team over the past seven years, Vince brings commitment to the spirit of excellence, a unique understanding of CSPD’s past and present, valuable cross-division experience and the drive and vision to continue to move our police department forward.”
In his lengthy tenure with CSPD, Niski has worked in the Patrol, Traffic, and Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Divisions. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2007 and was assigned to the Sand Creek Patrol Division and then worked in the Specialized Enforcement Division. Before he was promoted to the rank of commander in 2011, he served as interim commander of the Specialized Enforcement Division for approximately one year. Upon his promotion to Commander, he was assigned to the Stetson Hills Division. He was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in 2012.
“Colorado Springs is my hometown, and to be selected as Police Chief is an absolute honor,” said Niski. “I have had the good fortune of spending my entire career with CSPD, and I couldn’t be more proud to lead this dedicated group of professionals. I want to thank Mayor Suthers for the selection and pending the approval of City Council, I look forward to working hard to further CSPD’s commitment to integrity and excellence in serving and protecting my home town.”
Deputy Chief Niski holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership and Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.