Colorado Springs City Council has chosen Fire Chief Steve Cox to be interim city manager.

No national search for a permanent manager will be conducted until after next April’s city elections, because of the possibility that the city’s form of government might be changed to a “strong mayor” system, Vice Mayor Larry Small said.

“Steve Cox is a good choice,” Small said. “He came up in the ranks, and he did a good job when he served as assistant city manager.”

Cox, who served for several months as acting assistant city manager during 2008, was appointed fire chief on Oct. 11, 2008. He currently oversees a department of nearly 500 employees, 20 fire stations, and a $53 million budget.

Cox is a native of Colorado Springs who began his fire service career in 1981 and has been employed with the Springs Fire Department for the past 27 years.


  1. Yeah! We need someone who KNOWS our city, our good and bad points, warts and all, not an outsider as before who is not invested long-term in our city! Thanks. Steve, I hope you’ll think about applying for permanent city manager.

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