Mayor Suthers selects new fire chief

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — 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 September 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.

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.

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