January, 2014

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The Making of a City Manager: Story of JJ Murphy of Hobbs, New Mexico

I am J.J. Murphy, City Manager of Hobbs, New Mexico. I have been fortunate to experience quite a bit during the course of my lifetime.  I’m using this blog to share a bit of my past, talk about what is currently going on, and what the future may bring.

Getting to today wasn’t an easy task.  I have encountered many challenges, successes, and yes I admit, even failures in the city management field . . . all of which provided learning opportunities. I hope to share some of my lessons learned so others can have an understanding of my decisions and vision for the future.

I started my education attending King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, which was founded in 1946. At King’s College, I majored in Political Science and graduated in 1993.  King’s College has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the United States for 17 straight years.   After graduating King’s College, I worked for about two years in state government while taking some part-time classes at Penn State pursuing my Master’s degree.

In 1995, I move back to Northeast Pennsylvania to enroll in the Air Force ROTC program at Wilkes University.  At the same time, I attended Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania to pursue my Master’s in Public Administration.  My educational experiences have served me well, and I credit my mother for instilling the importance of continuing education in me.

In 1997, I was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.  I served in various positions on active-duty for the next five years. In September of 2002 I transitioned to the United States Air Force Reserves, where I am fortunate to still serve today.  As a member of the Air Force reserves I have enrolled in almost every leadership training course available to me and continue to pursue professional development opportunities.

The awards I have been honored to receive include; the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and  a few others.

Before I started working as the City Manager for Hobbs, I was the City Administrator of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  During my time as the City Administrator for Wilkes-Barre, over $150M successful complex economic development projects were completed, the city successfully recovered from a financial deficit, and a better quality of life was established for the community.

As JJ Murphy, city manager of Hobbs, NM I am dedicated to providing the city with integrity, and I am optimistic that my experiences, both educational and professional, will be beneficial to the entire community.

Recommended to read: Hobbs, Nm: A Place Which Cares For The Safety For Our Children