Deputy Chief Mark Savage has been with the Colorado State Patrol since 1995. After graduating from the academy he spent his first seven years stationed in Idaho Springs as a trooper and hazardous materials enforcement specialist. Deputy Chief Savage was promoted to sergeant in 2002. He was assigned to the Motor Carrier Safety Unit where he began working closely with the commercial vehicle industry to improve traffic safety in Colorado. In 2006, Deputy Chief Savage was promoted to captain and assigned to the Executive Security Unit. In 2008, he transferred to Motor Carrier Safety Unit as the unit commander. In 2010 Deputy Chief Savage was promoted to the rank of major and assigned to the Operational Services Branch.
In 2012, the Colorado Port of Entry was transferred to the Colorado State Patrol. Then Major Savage was assigned the responsibility of successfully integrating the largest ever expansion of personnel in CSP history. The branch was renamed the Motor Carrier Services Branch and he became responsible for all commercial vehicle safety enforcement activities in the state.
In January of 2014, Deputy Chief Savage transferred to District One as the district commander and was assigned all Denver Metropolitan field troopers and the Executive Security Unit. Deputy Chief Savage was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on July 1, 2014. On November 1, 2016, Deputy Chief Savage was promoted to his current rank.
Deputy Chief Savage has been an active member of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance serving as the organization’s President in 2012 and 2013 and is considered a subject matter expert in commercial vehicle safety for the state and the nation.
Deputy Chief Savage has a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Coe College in Iowa and is a graduate of the 256th Session of the FBI’s National Academy. Deputy Chief Savage also is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command session #304.