Santa Fe fire Chief Paul Babcock has announced he will retire Dec. 24 after more than 30 years with the department.

Assistant Chief Brian Moya, a Galisteo native who joined the department in 2002, will replace him as the new chief. City spokesman Dave Herndon confirmed Moya will take on the role on a permanent basis.

“I am as humbled today as I was on the day I accepted the position,” Babcock said in a statement the city issued Tuesday. “The Fire Department’s greatest asset is its personnel, as they are the frontline in providing vital services to the community.”

A Santa Fe High School graduate, Babcock joined the department in 1990 and was named fire chief in 2018. He initially served as interim chief after Mayor Alan Webber named his predecessor, Erik Litzenberg, the city manager.

He also has served as assistant fire chief of operations, emergency medical technician, engineer, lieutenant and battalion chief.

During his years as chief, he expanded the department’s Emergency Medical Services Division and helped create the city’s Alternative Response Unit, the city said in a news release.

“Chief Babcock deserves a great deal of respect and gratitude for helping to keep Santa Fe safe for 31 years,” Webber said.

“The readiness of Assistant Chief Moya to transition directly into the role is testimony to the qualities that both men bring to this critical profession of saving lives and property” the mayor added in a statement.

Moya said in the statement, “I am looking forward to working alongside the exceptional men and women of the department and continuing the vision laid in front of me by my predecessors.”

(2) comments

Chris Mechels

So why is Webber naming the Fire Chief??? It's not his option. Check the charter. The City Manager selects the Fire Chief, and the Police Chief, etc.. The New Mexican forgets all this, and accepts that Webber is the Dictator, not the Mayor.

Jonathan Owen

Thank you for your service, sir.

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