At a study session on April 23, 2017 Bill Hopping mentioned on of his favorite candidates for the city manager position. Again, at the May 2, 2017 meeting he recited a list of qualifications of a particular candidate that he thought was outstanding. In his statement he said this person was the New Mexico City Manager of the Year in 2016 so I Googled him and this is a sample of what I found on J. J. Murphy. Based on these three articles I think we might have dodged a bullet!
2017 J. J. MurphyHobbs should terminate city manager_s contract, pay severance | NMPolitics.net. This is the most interesting article of the three. Mr. Murphy has some legal problems in Pennsylvania that are unresolved.
2017 City Manager Applicant.Hobbs city manager falsely claimed to be a finalist for Las Cruces job 2017 J J MurphyHobbs commissioners reject severance agreement with city manager | NMPolitics.net 2017 J. J. MurphyHobbs should terminate city manager_s contract, pay severance | NMPolitics.net. Mr. Murphy misrepresented himself to the public on being selected as a finalist.
2017 J J MurphyHobbs commissioners reject severance agreement with city manager | NMPolitics.net. Mr. Murphy just missed being released from his job on a 3/4 vote.