About JJ Murphy/Military Info
As the former City Administrator of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and the current City Manager of Hobbs, New Mexico, I have had an extensive amount of experience in management, leadership, public-private partnerships and fiscal responsibility. The daily responsibility of overseeing the day-to-day operations of an entire city is something I take very seriously.
During my time as City Manager of Hobbs, New Mexico, Hobbs and I have grown stronger together. My priority is to have a positive impact on the both the City’s organization as well as the entire community. I believe this will be an easier task due to my previous experience and the lessons I learned as the City Administrator for Wilkes-Barre, PA.
As the City Administrator of Wilkes-Barre, I conquered many obstacles, and even implemented a five-year recovery plan which helped save the City from bankruptcy. I collaborated and coordinated over $150 million dollars in economic development projects and changed Wilkes-Barre’s reputation from being one of the least-technologically advanced cities into one of the most developed with little cost to the municipality. In addition to economic development projects, my tenure in Wilkes-Barre included obtaining grant funding, and transforming the overall perception of both the downtown area and the public parks.
As the current City Manager of Hobbs, New Mexico, I am expanding my professional knowledge of administration by continuing professional development through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) courses and recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy Schools Senior Executive program for State and Local Government.
I am a Major and active member of the United States Air Force Reserves and coordinate search and rescue operations throughout the United States. As a part of being in the Air Force, I have attended some of the world’s best leadership training. I have been honored to receive a number of awards including 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.
JJ Murphy of Hobbs, New Mexico believe an essential part of being a City Manager is having a strong sense of community. I am a proud family man with five beautiful daughters who understands the value of community and its impact on both families and businesses. I am committed to making the City of Hobbs a great place to raise a family and own a business.