Chris Malanka, a lieutenant in the Austin, Texas, police department, will become Idaho Springs’ new police chief on Oct. 1.
The Idaho Springs city council officially hired Malanka at its meeting Monday night. He will be paid $80,000 a year.
“Council felt that he was a good fit for the community, (and) he was very energetic,” said Mayor Mike Hillman. “He had researched our community and what was going on and some of the things we have envisioned for the future, (and) he was very excited, very enthusiastic about it.”