Improving the Community of Hobbs, New Mexico – By: JJ Murphy
As a child, I was taught about the importance of being an integral part of whichever community you lived in. The importance of community carried on with me throughout the years, as I attended King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to study Political Science. During my senior year in college, I took on an internship at City Hall. My internship led to a growing interest in city management. It was this passion for local government that prompted me to continue my education and pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marywood University.
Shortly after finishing my graduate degree, I was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. After spending almost six years on active-duty, I transitioned to the active reserves where I am fortunate to still serve today. Once I left active duty in the Air Force, I began my role as City Manager of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
In 2012, when Eric Honeyfield retired, I took the opportunity to apply for the City Manager position in Hobbs, New Mexico. After a national search of over 70 applicants, I was chosen to lead this wonderful community. Hobbs is a very special place where the community has embraced me as one of their own.
As the City Manager of Hobbs, New Mexico, I will strive to improve public safety, create more housing, improve morale of our employees and foster a positive customer service mentality within all of our public offices. I also plan on tackling the ongoing battle against drug use in the city.
In five years, I envision a city where residents will feel safe in schools, on playgrounds, and in their own neighborhoods. I am not just the City Manager of Hobbs. I am a resident, parent, and neighbor and I want the absolute best for Hobbs, New Mexico.