City Manager's Office

City Manager
J.J. Murphy

(575) 397-9206

Mission Statement

As the City Manager for the great City of Hobbs, I am responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the City and for bringing the vision of the City to fruition. Working with our Department Heads, I make recommendations/decisions and try to provide the necessary resources for our nearly 470 city employees to carry out their duties. It is my belief that the principle reason for having any government, is to serve the people. From the police, fire, and ambulance crews, to recycling effluent water and cleaning the parks, to enforcing building codes and holding contractors to certain standards, and finally providing excellent customer service to our community, our employees work hard every day to serve the roughly 44,000 diverse people that cover the 26 sq miles of Hobbs. I am proud to work with these fine employees, to help lead this great team, and to constantly work to improve the ways that we carry out our mission of serving the people.

The above duties are only half of the story, however, because no city lives within a vacuum. If we only had to perfect the above duties, easy enough, but technology changes, buildings decay, demographics shift, etc. A community is a living, breathing life in and of itself and requires dynamic leadership to constantly keep it young. This part of my job is what I feel distinguishes average City Managers from great ones. Working alongside the Mayor and City Commission, it is my job to research other cities, understand the latest trends, and help them form and carry out a vision of growth and development for our City.

I hope I was able to briefly illustrate my job as a City Manager to you. Every day is different and has unique challenges that can never be foreseen. The job of a City Manager requires the ability to dissect the past, evaluate the present, and anticipate the future. Hard work, persistence, and ingenuity are characteristics that I pride myself, and the successes of the City of Hobbs on.


Meghan Mooney
Director of Communications

(575) 391-4169


A native of Phoenix, Arizona, I consider myself to have just relocated from one desert to another in concern to Hobbs, New Mexico as my new home. Having previously visited the area in 2007 and having returned in 2012 to attend the University of the Southwest on soccer scholarship, I was attracted to the innovation, growth, and change in Hobbs. I chose to finish my higher education with USW and received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration in Marketing. My participation in athletics, volunteer work, as well as occupational work throughout the community, over the years has quickly familiarized me with what makes it tick. The vitality of the individuals of this town is undeniable. The history of this town has seen times of flourish, as well as times of tribulation, and no matter which, the people have thrived. The schools have always been supported, the population has always shopped locally, and the arts culture has grown exponentially in recent years.

As the Director of Communications for the City of Hobbs, it is my duty to share the vision of the City with the public, whether that is citywide, statewide, or even nationwide with the help of others. I make marketing and public relations recommendations to dispense the most appropriate resources and options available. Along with that, I update all public information forums, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, the City Newsletter, the City website and the City's radio station KHBX 99.3 with the help of the IT Department, and by making press releases and event submissions to the local newspaper, the Hobbs News-Sun. For any organization to function smoothly it is my belief that external sources need up-to-date and easily accessible information; it is one of my duties to stay in touch with those happenings and assist the departments accordingly so that the City and public stay on the same page as much as possible. Our City staff works diligently and persistently every day, and I think it fair that this information is distributed.

It now goes without saying that I sense a surplus of opportunities in Hobbs as well as Lea County. As the Director of Communications for the City of Hobbs, I intend to motivate as well as inform the area on these occasions and special moments in time. This is a great chance for us all to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, to be a part of growth! As communicator to the entire staff of Hobbs, I intend to keep spirits high and the focus strong on the vision for Hobbs, New Mexico, and as the communicator to the city of Hobbs, New Mexico, I intend to keep the public updated, connected, and provide them with a constant contact to all occurrences in the city. As with any government employee, my job is to serve and that is what I intend to do. I hope I have been informative with the intentions and duties of my position and myself, knowing that no job's duties are clearly defined or that the list has a clear end, but that each is growing and changing, especially in Hobbs, New Mexico.