Jan. 14—The Pueblo West Metro Board has named Pueblo West Fire Chief Brian Caserta its new district manager after he has served six months as the interim district manager.
Caserta replaces Nina Vetter who resigned May 5 to take a new job after two years at the helm of the district.
"We have seen so many district managers come and go over the tenure I have been with the district," Caserta said. "I am a person who has lived here for the past 25-plus years and I have no intention of leaving the community."
"I feel I've built a good rapport with people and they know what my professional standard is. I know the district's operations and I am looking forward to bringing that level of consistency and stability to what is going on in Pueblo West."
Caserta said he has gotten a lot of support from district employees and the firefighters have accepted the new challenge of filling in for him at times as he works in the district manager's post.
Caserta will serve as district manager and as Pueblo West's fire chief.
"This is going to be a dual role for me and some of my day-to-day activities will be delegated to the division chiefs who work for me now and that will free me up to do some balancing between the fire department and the metro district's operations," Caserta said.
Caserta has served as the Pueblo West fire chief since 2001 and has logged 33 years with the department. Although the board had hired Novak Consulting Group to do nationwide search for a district manager as part of a $24,000 contract approved on Aug. 10, "based on Caserta's performance as the interim district manager, the board canceled the contract and received a refund," said Samantha Dosen, communications and public relations manager for the district.
He has served as interim district manager four times previously during candidate searches.
"We as a board have been impressed with Caserta's dedication and performance as interim district manager," said Doug Proal, board president. "Caserta has a great relationship with the community, understands the daily operations and is always willing to take initiative to find the best solution for all parties."
"He will bring stability to the district along with his invaluable knowledge," Proal said.
Caserta has raised five children in Pueblo West and has been heavily involved in the community.
A meet and greet event is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 7 at Fire Station 3, 729 Gold Drive. The event is open to the public.