Santa Fe County Fire Chief Announces Retirement

SANTA FE, NM – Erik Litzenberg, Santa Fe County Fire Chief since August 2019, will be retiring from the post at the end of December.

Public Safety Director Pablo Sedillo III expressed his regard for Chief Litzenberg, stating that, “Chief Litzenberg is a true professional, who came to Santa Fe County with great enthusiasm and accomplished many goals for the department.  His retirement is well-deserved; however, he will be missed as he made an impact with all of the Fire Department employees and volunteers.”

Chief Litzenberg started his career in public service as a firefighter with the Santa Fe County Fire Department (SFCFD) and will retire at the highest SFCFD rank. He served in most positions in the City of Santa Fe Fire Department for over 21 years and previously served as the City Manager for the City of Santa Fe.

SFCFD combines and coordinates the efforts of the county’s professional firefighting operation with 15 volunteer fire districts. SFCFD protects approximately 1900 square miles of unincorporated area as well as the incorporated Town of Edgewood. Within these borders, the Department provides protection to approximately 76,000 residents, as well as several million square feet of commercial development.

Santa Fe County Commissioner Anna Hamilton stated, “I am so grateful for the time Chief Litzenberg gave to our county.  He provided leadership that flowed from an unbounded enthusiasm for people and the fire service, as well as from a high level of skill and experience.  I am sorry to be losing his unique abilities and motivation to improve conditions and services in the fire department​.”

In retirement, Chief Litzenberg vows to continuing to work on those things that make our communities happier, safer, and healthier. Santa Fe County will immediately begin recruiting efforts for the Chief’s successor.