Correction to commentary ‘Hobbs manager’s contract evolution exposes sense of entitlement’

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NMPolitics.net has a policy requiring that we correct inaccuracies. In accordance with that policy, here’s a detailed correction to the commentary “Hobbs manager’s contract evolution exposes sense of entitlement.”

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The column initially stated that Hobbs City Manager J.J. Murphy didn’t meet the minimum qualifications the city commission set before hiring him. The commission initially required that someone with a master’s degree in public administration – which Murphy has – also have 10 years of municipal experience. Murphy’s résumé lists eight years as deputy city administrator and later city administrator in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Murphy pointed out to NMPolitics.net that his résumé also indicates he worked as a special assistant to the mayor of that city from 1996-1997. In addition, Murphy told NMPolitics.net he worked in the clerk’s office in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. in 1992 and 1993. That experience doesn’t appear on his résumé.

At any rate, Murphy wasn’t subject to the requirement of 10 years of municipal experience. After a failed initial search, the Hobbs City Commission reposted the job with lowered qualifications. When Murphy applied, the job required someone with a master’s in public administration to have seven years of municipal experience.

In addition, the column states that Murphy started at $140,000 — which is accurate — but incorrectly stated that the prior city manager who Murphy replaced, Eric Honeyfield, made the same amount his last year on the job. According to information Murphy provided, Honeyfield received a salary of $167,440 plus benefits his last year as Hobbs city manager.

NMPolitics.net regrets the errors.

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