Santa Fe County Names New Fire Chief

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Santa Fe County Names New Fire Chief

Devotion to public safety key in decision.

SANTA FE, NM – Today, Santa Fe County Manager, Katherine Miller announced the hiring of Erik Litzenberg as the new County Fire Chief. Litzenberg, current City of Santa Fe Manager, brings over 23 years of public service to the County.

“Erik’s passion for and proven leadership in the field of firefighting and emergency medical services is a welcome asset to the County,” Miller stated. “We feel lucky to have him join our team in this capacity.” Litzenberg recently announced he was stepping down as City Manager of the City of Santa Fe. 

“Firefighting and emergency medical services are my passion. I began my career in that field and wish to finish my career there,” Litzenberg explained. “The County’s combination Fire Department presents unique opportunities and challenges to serve our diverse community, and I look forward to working with both our career and volunteer staff.”

Litzenberg, who lives in Santa Fe with his wife and two young children, graduated from Santa Fe Prep and received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado. He returned to Santa Fe to begin his fire service career in 1994 and quickly moved up the ranks, servings as City of Santa Fe Fire Chief from 2013 to 2018. Continuing his education, he is currently pursuing a PhD in Philosophy from UNM with a Public Administration minor. His anticipated start date as Fire Chief is September 16, 2019.

Current Fire Chief, David Sperling is retiring mid-August, after 12 years of service, and Assistant Fire Chief, Administration Division, Steve Moya retired earlier this summer. Bobby Montoya, the Assistant Fire Chief for Operations will become interim Chief on August 19, 2019. Once Litzenberg assumes the role of Chief, he will begin the recruitment process for filling open management positions with the County Fire Department.