Leadership of City Manager JJ Murphy of Hobbs, New Mexico

JJ Murphy accepted the position as City Manager of Hobbs, New Mexico, in 2012. As of 2017, he has over fourteen years of experience in municipal government positions and over nineteen years as a military officer.

“My story as a City Manager changed three years ago, after attending the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executive Program for State and Local Officials in July 2013,” said JJ Murphy when reflecting on his role within Hobbs, New Mexico. “This transformational experience provided me the opportunity to collaborate with leaders from around the world and I was able to learn from some of this country’s best professors.”

In 2014, Mr. Murphy was one of thirty-three city/county managers worldwide who was selected to be on the International City/County Management Association’s Leadership Task Force. There, he contributed to a white paper focused on the challenges that local governments will face in the coming decade.

Recently, Mr. Murphy returned to Harvard Kennedy School to attend the “Leadership for the 21​st Century” course with seventy-two executives from twenty-five countries. With an ever-growing knowledge base, JJ Murphy is likely to continue improving cities like Hobbs, New Mexico, for years to come.