Lesia Shannon Kudelka
Communications Director and Ombudsman
Counsel to Office of Communications
Governor Nikki Haley has named Adolf A. Zubia as the next State Fire Marshal.
Zubia has more than 23 years of experience in fire and emergency services, including more than 17 years of management experience.
For video of the announcement, click here.
Gov. Haley said, "We're pleased that Adolf Zubia has agreed to serve as Fire Marshal because he strikes the perfect balance between protecting the safety and needs of our fire service members and strengthening our businesses.”
A graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, Zubia served as president of International Code Council, a 50,000-member association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention.
"I want to thank Gov. Haley for this opportunity,” Zubia said. "I'm eager and enthusiastic to get to work with the staff at the Fire Marshal's Office and the fire service members of the state of South Carolina.”
Zubia was Fire Chief for the City of Las Cruces (New Mexico) for eight years (2001 – 2009) where he was responsible for management, administration and operations of the fire department. Prior to service as Las Cruces fire chief, Zubia was Fire Marshal for Dona Ana County (New Mexico) for almost three years (1998 – 2001) and Fire Marshal for the City of Las Cruces for six years (1992 – 1998). Zubia also participated in Harvard's Fellowship Program for Senior Executives in state and local government in 2003.
The S.C. Fire Marshal's Office is part of the S.C. Division of Fire and Life Safety, which is a division of the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.