Councilor Chris Rivera

Christopher Rivera
Councilor District 3
(505) 955-6818 or

200 Lincoln Ave
P.O. Box 909
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Councilor Christopher M. Rivera, retired Santa Fe Fire Chief, was elected to the City Council in 2012 to represent District 3. He serves on the following committees:

  • Finance Committee
  • Public Works/CIP & Land Use Committee - Member
  • Public Utilities Committee - Chair

Education and Experience

Councilor Rivera is a native of Santa Fe and served his community as a para-medic and firefighter. He was Santa Fe's fire chief for four years, retiring in 2010. His goals as City Councilor are to support programs that create jobs for locals, help Santa Fe's youth receive opportunities for a good education so that they reside and raise their families here, while also continuing to fund public safety initiatives that keep Santa Fe safe.

He served as past board member of the American Youth Soccer Organization and board member for the Regional Emergency Communication Center. During his tenure at the Santa Fe Fire Department, Rivera assisted in the birth of three babies, either in the back of an ambulance or at home. He was “on the scene” during several major incidents–the fire at Salvation Army and the La Casa Sena Fire, and the gas explosion on Cerrillos Road.

Councilor Rivera attended St. Francis Elementary and went on to graduate from St. Michael's High School in 1984. He has attended the Santa Fe Community College, the University of New Mexico, the College of Santa Fe, and New Mexico Highlands University. He has an associate’s degree in business from the Santa Fe Community College.

Rivera is married to Angela and they have four daughters, Gabrielle, Samantha, Emmaleigh and Rebekah.