Chris Wilde has been promoted to chief engineer at KCCI, the CBS-affiliate in Des Moines.

Wilde¬† has been the station’s assistant chief of engineering for seven years. He replaces Steve Houg, who requested a reduction in hours to spend more time with his family after 20 years in the chief engineer position.

“This is a tremendously positive move for the future of KCCI, as well as for Chris and Steve,” station president and general manager Paul Fredericksen said in a statement. “We look forward to the future that these changes will bring to the NewsChannel8 family and its operation.”