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BernCo Fire Chief Frank Barka Retires
Search for new chief underway

Bernalillo County – The Bernalillo County Fire Department, along with family and friends, celebrated the career and retirement of Fire Chief Frank Barka in a ceremony this morning at the county’s Fire Administration Building, 6840 2nd Street NW.  Chief Barka served Bernalillo County for nearly 25 years. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter, and was promoted to several positions before becoming fire chief.


“We are taking this opportunity to thank and honor Chief Barka for his many years of service with the Bernalillo County Fire Department,” said Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins. “We wish him well.”  


The county is now in the process of hiring a new fire chief. The position has been advertised nationally and eleven candidates are scheduled to be interviewed next week. The Board of County Commissioners could make the final selection by mid March. The interview panelists will recommend two or three top candidates for the board’s consideration.


The new fire chief will supervise the overall operations of the Bernalillo County Fire Department.


The interim fire chief is Deputy Chief Greg Perez.


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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 674,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $500 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.                           


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