The mission of the Mayor’s office is to uphold the standards set, for the office, in the City Charter. The Mayor shall (1) preside at all meetings of the Commission; (2) lead, guide and develop (in conjunction with the City Commission and others) short and long range growth and development plans and goals for the City; (3) represent the City and promote its interests at the local, county, state and national levels and in economic and industrial development; (4) be the head of the City for all ceremonial and spokesperson purposes.
It is the mission of the Mayor’s office to see that Hobbs reaches its goals in our ever changing and growing community. I will continue to work hard, along side our City Commissioners and Manager, to see that Hobbs has every opportunity to continue to grow economically, enhance our quality of life and build a strong, vibrant community. With the continued support and involvement from our community members, Hobbs will continue to grow and prosper.
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.
Voters in Lea County take an active role in politics, especially local politics. The county is governed by five county commissioners, each representing a district of the county. The day-to-day management of the county is overseen by the county manager, who provides supervision to the various county departments and employees. The other elected county officials are the Sheriff, Treasurer, Assessor, Probate Judge and County Clerk.
Each city in the county has its own locally elected officials who are elected by districts or at large within their municipalities to set policies and to govern their community.
The city of Hobbs has six district elected commissioners and a city-wide elected mayor. The mayor and commissioners hire a city manager, who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city and its various departments. The city of Hobbs Police Department has a chief and approximately 80 certified police officers. The Hobbs Police Department is one of four police departments accredited by the International Police Chief’s Association. The Hobbs Fire Department has a chief and 71 firefighters who also are certified as EMT/Paramedics. The city of Hobbs enjoys the lowest Insurance Fire Rating in the state of New Mexico.
The city of Lovington has five elected city councilors, elected by district, with a mayor elected from within the council. The city is managed by a city manager who provides leadership for the day-to-day operations of the city and the various departments and services. The city of Lovington employs 26 certified police officers and has a fire department of 17 firefighters and EMTs.
The city of Eunice has eight elected city council members elected by districts and a mayor elected city-wide. The mayor manages the day-to-day operations of the city in cooperation with the city manager. The city of Eunice has a chief and five certified police officers. A full-time fire chief supervises 30 volunteer firefighters, along with seven certified volunteer EMTs.
The city of Jal has six elected city council members plus a mayor, all of whom serve the community at large. The city is managed by the city manager in cooperation with the mayor. The city of Jal has a chief and six certified police officers, and one full-time fire chief and medical-services director along with 18 volunteer firefighters/EMTs.
The city of Tatum has four elected city councilors and a mayor, all of whom are elected at large. The Tatum Police Department has a chief and three certified police officers. The city’s fire department has a chief and 10 volunteer firefighters, and operates the ambulance service for the city.
The Lea County Sheriff’s office is staffed with 44 certified deputies who are responsible for Courthouse security, civil service and patrolling the unincorporated areas of Lea County. This modern sheriff’s department coordinates its criminal operations and investigations with the various local law enforcement agencies. The Lea County Sheriff’s Department has offices in Hobbs and Lovington and has resident deputies in Jal, Eunice and Tatum.
The New Mexico State Police has a sub-district office in Hobbs and provides patrol officers and supervision for Lea County-based State Police officers. The State Police district offices are located in the city of Roswell.