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Mayor Keller Appoints Chief for Albuquerque Fire Rescue

Interim Chief Gene Gallegos will continue to lead the department as Fire Chief.

Nov. 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 as it works to protect the lives and property of a growing city.

“We’re confident in what our fire department can achieve under Chief Gallegos’ leadership, and look forward to keeping him at the helm of the operation,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “His experience and dedication to providing support for our people and our city are exactly what we need in a public safety leader.”

“I am humbled and honored to accept the position of Fire Chief for Albuquerque Fire Rescue. I thank Mayor Keller and City Administration for their confidence,” said Chief Gene Gallegos. “Over the last 6 months as interim, I have been inspired by all the amazing leaders that I see coming up through the ranks and have nothing but excitement to see what we can do together to make this department better for the community and all firefighters of AFR.”

“Our city is fortunate to have strong, experienced public safety professionals working on its behalf. Chief Gallegos is a great asset to Albuquerque Fire Rescue and all of the people the department serves,” said City Chief Administrative Officer Sarita Nair. “We’re grateful for all the work Chief Gallegos has done and are glad to keep the department under his trusted direction.”

The permanent appointment of Gene Gallegos as Fire Chief will go to City Council for confirmation.

Gene Gallegos

Gene Gallegos has been a member of Albuquerque Fire Rescue since 2000. He has served in many roles throughout his time with the department including Training Division Battalion Chief in charge of the Cadet Training Program, Dispatcher, Paramedic, Cadet Instructor, Professional Development Instructor, and Fire Marshal Inspector. Before becoming Interim Chief, Gallegos served as the Fire Marshal for three years.

Gene Gallegos is a lifelong ABQ resident and has known that he would be serving his community or country since middle school. “I know that having the opportunity to help someone in need was my path and becoming a firefighter was the best way to accomplish that goal. My loving and supportive late wife, son, and family always encouraged me to follow my dreams. Without them, I would not be where I am today”.