UCCS selects new police chief from ranks

Marc Pino

COLORADO SPRINGS — Following a regional search, Interim Chief of Police Marc Pino will lead the  University of Colorado Colorado Springs Police Department as its fulltime chief effective July 1.

Susan Szpyrka, senior vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, announced Pino’s appointment June 13.

“After extensive consultation with Chancellor Reddy, other campus leaders, as well as department members and campus constituents, Marc Pino will lead the UCCS Police Department,” Szpyrka said. “He will build on a proven track record of leadership, respect and community-based police work.”

Szpyrka thanked the 12-member search committee chaired by Suzanne Scott, budget director, Resource Management Division, for its work, as well as campus community members who participated in finalist interviews.

In August 2016, Pino was named interim police chief following the resignation of Brian McPike.

Before serving as interim chief, Pino was a police lieutenant, sergeant and corporal. He joined the UCCS Police Department as an officer in 2005. In 2016, he received the UCCS Garrett Swasey Outstanding Staff Award. In 2011, he received UCCS Police Department’s excellence and meritorious service awards.

Pino earned a bachelor’s degree from UCCS and will soon complete a master’s degree in the School of Public Affairs.

“I am excited by the opportunity to continue to serve this campus,” Pino said. “I am privileged to work directly with the outstanding men and women of the UCCS Police Department, the UCCS community, and our regional law enforcement partners.”

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 45 bachelor’s, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.