Chief Royal has been a member of the Colorado Springs Fire Department since 1987 and has worked in emergency services for over 42 years (28 years as a paramedic). Chief Royal has served in a Chief Officer role for 16 years, as a Battalion Chief, Shift Commander and Deputy Chief. He graduated from Flagler College and has regularly attended the National Fire Academy receiving the Executive Fire Officer designation. He also has earned the Center of Public Safety Excellence’s designation as a Chief Fire Officer. Chief Royal has presented numerous classes in the state and region to include the Colorado State Chiefs Conference, Fire-Rescue International, and Missouri Valley Chiefs Conference.
During his career, he has been involved in many programs and projects to include the initiation of the Tactical Emergency Medical Program, worked in the early Hazmat and Tox-medic Programs, managed the Medical Division, helped develop the Awards and Recognition Program, chaired the department’s Rebranding Committee, and presently leads the Pandemic Taskforce. He has been recognized over his career with numerous awards to include two Medals of Distinguished Service and the Firefighter of the Year award. He is proudest for being recognized as part of the department’s efforts with the Castle West Apartment fire, Waldo Canyon fire, and the Black Forest fire.
Deputy Chief of Support Services - Steve Dubay
Chief Dubay previously served as the City's Director of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Other previous assignments at the CSFD include Fire Prevention and Training. Outside of the CSFD, he formerly served as the president of the Board of Directors for the Woodland Park Ambulance Service (Woodland Park, CO) for five years. Chief Dubay is a long time veteran of the fire service, having started his career in 1985 with the City of Casper (Wyoming) Fire Department. Steve has worked for the Colorado Springs Fire Department since 1988. He is currently a Deputy Chief overseeing the Fire Operations Division. He is a Colorado state-certified and nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, has completed a Bachelor of Science in Fire Service Administration and a Masters of Public Administration, and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program. Steve holds membership in the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the National Fire Protection Association, and the American Society for Public Administration.
Jayme McConnellogue is a 23-year veteran of the Colorado Springs Fire Department currently serving as the Deputy Chief of Operations, where she is responsible for the emergent and non-emergent 911 response for the City of Colorado Springs. This response is managed by 467 sworn firefighters in varying ranks operating out of 23 fire stations. She is also responsible for the Medical and Community and Public Health Divisions that staff 25 civilians, 7 sworn staff, and a team of 8 Medical Directors.
Prior to her appointment to Deputy Chief, Jayme served 5 years as the Battalion Chief of the Medical Division and the Community and Public Health Division, where she was responsible for the emergency medical system and was committed to developing, improving, and leading the delivery of medical care in the community and region. In the Community and Public Health Division, she set the vision to help people receive the right care professionally and compassionately, at the right time, with the right resource, for the right cost through multiple innovative programs.
Jayme has risen through the ranks beginning her career in 1998 as a Firefighter and then promoting to Paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief and now currently serving as Deputy Chief. She was appointed to the state-wide Responder Strong Advisory Board and the Advisory Board for the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters and has been a committee member to the Colorado State Fire Chiefs Health, Safety, and Survivability Committee. Within the CSFD, she has passionately served as a member and as the executive coordinator of the CSFD Peer Support Team since 2006. Throughout her career, Jayme has continually sought out ways to be involved in ensuring and enhancing the safety and wellness, not only for first responders and the firefighting community, but also for the citizens of Colorado Springs.
Jayme received her NREMT Paramedic certification in 2002 and still maintains Colorado State certification. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Accounting from the University of Phoenix.
Fire Marshal - Brett Lacey
Brett Lacey is an Oklahoma State University alumnus, a registered professional engineer, and a certified safety professional whose dedication to the fire service industry spans over four decades. Along with his academic commitment to fire prevention, Brett’s “boots on the ground” skills and experiences gained from working in firefighter, paramedic, deputy fire marshal, and fire protection engineer positions contribute significantly to his success as fire marshal of the Colorado Springs Fire Department; a rank maintained since 1998.
Throughout Fire Marshal Lacey’s leadership, an extensive timeline of accomplishments by his Division of the Fire Marshal show the bureau is a vanguard in community risk reduction. Three examples of being at the forefront of reducing disaster’s spread by implementing change include mandating Class A roofing materials in 2002, hardening of structures and vegetation management within hillside areas in 2012, and establishing and expanding a nationally renowned and highly reputable Wildfire Mitigation program from the early 2000s through to today.
Brett retains National Incident Management System (NIMS) competencies and Incident Command System (ICS) certifications for the Incident Commander and the Planning Section Chief positions. Events utilizing those roles include but are in no way limited to severe weather incidents, large scale sporting events plannings, Hurricane Katrina’s victim recovery, Castle West Apartment’s arson investigation, New Life Church’s and Planned Parenthood’s mass shooting incidents, Waldo Canyon’s wildfire/conflagration, and Black Forest’s wildfire. Additional examples of Mr. Lacey’s dedication to the fire prevention industry include current and past participation on the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) executive board, chairing and co-chairing training manual technical committees, co-authoring two IFSTA Fire Protection Publication textbooks (Fire Prevention Applications Second Edition and Fire Prevention Applications for the Company Officers First Edition), sitting on the Company Officer Seventh Edition training manual’s technical committee, and representing the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) through involvement with NFPA standards 1030, 1300, and 1750.
A final professional note: the tradition of fire fighting within the Lacey family includes three generations, Brett’s father, Brett, and one of Brett’s children. Brett is very proud that the legacy has excellent potential to continue beyond them.
Chris Pappas joined the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) in December of 2020.
He is a proud Colorado Springs native and brings a significant amount of experience to his role as Fire Administrative Services Manager. This position has oversight of the CSFD budget, statistics and reporting functions, strategic planning, and acts as the CSFD liaison to the Colorado Springs Information Technology organization.
Chris started his career in Colorado Springs working for a Department of Defense contractor providing financial support for a division of Ford Motor Company and then took his talents to MCI where he spent over 20 years in a highly dynamic and competitive environment. During his tenure at MCI/Verizon, Chris managed annual budgets well over $1B, led a variety of teams across the globe, managed large software development projects, drove strategy and planning functions, and helped MCI emerge from bankruptcy as a viable and attractive organization.
Chris received both a Bachelor of Science degree (emphasis on finance) as well as a Master of Business Administration degree (emphasis on accounting) from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His roots are deep in the local community enjoys spending time with family and friends. It is with great pride that he serves the community in which he was born and raised as an employee of the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
Human Resources Manager- Angela Hines