Fire Chief, Santa Fe County; Chair, IAFC Wildland Fire Policy Committee
Santa Fe County Fire Department; IAFC WFPC
Erik Litzenberg is currently Fire Chief for Santa Fe County, New Mexico. He started his career in the Santa Fe County Fire Department, served in many positions in the City of Santa Fe Fire Department over 21 years, and completed his time in Santa Fe as Fire Chief and City Manager. Through 25 years of service he has also worked for New Mexico State Forestry and as part of multiple Incident Management Teams, and for many years owned Santa Fe Wildfire, which provided resources for large scale incident management and response.
Litzenberg holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is a doctoral candidate in sports administration. Litzenberg represents local government as the Chair of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Wildland Fire Policy Committee, and participates a member of the Wildland Fire Leadership Council. Chief Litzenberg has authored multiple articles and textbooks on fire service and organizational leadership, community risk reduction, and the wildland urban interface. He enjoys training for and participating in triathlons, and lives in Santa Fe with his wife and children.