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Mayor Keller Appoints Chief for Albuquerque Fire Rescue – City of Albuquerque

November 19, 2021

Mayor Tim Keller has named Gene Gallegos Fire Chief for Albuquerque Fire Rescue. Chief Gallegos, who has served as interim chief for the past 6 months, will continue to lead the department to protect the lives and property of a growing city.

“We are confident of what our fire department can achieve under Chief Gallegos’ leadership and look forward to keeping him at the forefront of the mission,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “His experience and commitment to supporting our citizens and our city is exactly what we need as a public safety leader.”

“I am humbled and honored to accept the position of Chief Fire Officer for Albuquerque Fire Rescue. I thank Mayor Keller and the city administration for their trust, ”said Chief Gene Gallegos. “For the past 6 months, as an interim, I’ve been inspired by all of the great leaders I see in the ranks and I’m just excited to see what we can do together to make this department better for the community and all firefighters at AFR . “

“Our city is fortunate to have strong, experienced public safety professionals working on their behalf. Chief Gallegos is a great addition to Albuquerque Fire Rescue and all of the people the department serves, ”said Sarita Nair, the city’s chief administrative officer. “We are grateful for all the work that Chief Gallegos has done and look forward to keeping the department under his trusted leadership.”

The permanent appointment of Gene Gallegos as fire chief will be submitted to the city council for confirmation.

Gene Gallegos

Gene Gallegos has been a member of Albuquerque Fire Rescue since 2000. During his tenure in the department, he has served in many roles including Head of Training Department Battalion, Cadet Training Program Manager, Dispatcher, Paramedic, Cadet Instructor, Professional Development Instructor, and Fire Department Inspector. Before becoming interim chief, Gallegos served as Fire Marshal for three years.

Gene Gallegos is a lifelong ABQ resident and knew since middle school that he would serve his community or his country. “I know helping someone in need was my way, and becoming a firefighter was the best way to achieve that goal. My loving and supportive late wife, son, and family have always encouraged me to follow my dreams. Without her I wouldn’t be where I am today. “

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