City Announces New Fire Chief
At Tuesday night’s commission meeting, the City Manager announced the selection of a new Hobbs Fire Chief, Eric Enriquez. Enriquez has been with the City of Hobbs since 2009, when he was hired as the Fire Marshal. Enriquez was one of three internal candidates interviewed for the position of Fire Chief after the retirement of former Chief Tim Kent in late April of this year.
Before coming to Hobbs, Enriquez began his firefighting career in Las Cruces, NM, and was the Fire Inspector/Investigator for approximately 7 years. After moving to Hobbs and acting as the Fire Marshall for almost 4 years, Enriquez was promoted to Fire Marshal Deputy Chief and, later that same year, was given additional responsibility when they made adjustments to the structure of duties, and added the title of Director of Community Services. Community Services includes the building and permits, animal adoption center, code enforcement, and fire prevention.
“I am honored and excited to take on this new role as Hobbs Fire Chief,” said Enriquez. “I believe my experience, combined with my vision for guiding this department, will fit in well with the direction that the commission has established. I look forward to continuing to serve the community in my new capacity.”
City Manager J.J. Murphy stated, “Eric Enriquez is an outstanding leader with exceptional character. I am confident that Eric will be an effective leader and will continue to motivate our men and women of the fire department to provide superior customer service and a standard of excellence that we expect from our EMS and firefighting professionals.
Enriquez will be taking over the position as chief immediately.
Fire Department Summer Camp
We still have openings for children completing the 4th and 5th grade. The camp is scheduled for Monday through Thursday on June 1-4 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Graduation will take place on Friday, June 5 at 11:00 a.m.
To register, call 575-397-9291 or come by the Parks & Recreation Office at 200 E. Broadway.
We encourage you to participate in the 2015 Hobbs Housing Survey, which is available online for ALL residents to take and have their thoughts included in the results of the new study, which will be used as guidance to create the updated Housing Plan for the city.
You can go to www.HobbsSurvey.org to participate!
Parks & Recreation Flip Book Now Available
We now have the tools to help you plan your summer activities. Below is a link to the electronic version of the activity guide. The paper booklets are also in stock at the Parks & Recreation Office and other offices around City Hall.
Be sure to note the Highlights pages for information on the upcoming New Mexico/Texas Challenge Marathon on April 18 and a bigger, BADDER Gus Macker Tournament and Slam and Jam events on April 24-26.
From the Parks & Recreation Department, here's wishing you a wonderful, safe, and busy summer!!
Parks & Rec Save the Date!
Check out the Parks & Recreation Schedule of Special Events so you can ‘save the date’! Of course, there will be smaller events and some larger that pop up throughout the year unexpectedly, but these are our tried and true yearly events that the Community has grown to know and love.
Be sure to print the attached flyer for your own use either at home or for the office. “It All Happens Here” is easy to prove using this flyer!
[print the "Save the Date" flyer]
Swim Lessons & Speciality Classes - Spring 2015 (see flyer for details)
Movies Under the Stars:
All Pools Open - May 23rd
Dog Daze of Summer - Sept. 12th
Haunted House - Oct. 23, 24, 30, 31
Halloween Carnival, Oct. 31
Press Release - April 20, 2015
Animal Adoption Center Partners with GEO Group
The City of Hobbs and the local GEO prison have partnered up to begin a new program that utilizes existing manpower, as well as a desire to enhance the skills of prisoners at the minimum security facility while fulfilling the needs of the Animal Adoption Center/Lea County Humane Society by increasing their ability to help dogs find a life-long home in the area.
The City of Hobbs and GEO have been planning the program for 7 months, which has been named, “Second Chance Prison Pups”. The prison has identified 20 inmates that will participate in the program. Six of those inmates were chosen by prison officials as the primary trainers, with a secondary inmate to assist as needed. The inmates were selected based on their offense history and prison conduct by the GEO staff.
The program will give the inmates an opportunity to train six dogs from the Hobbs Animal Adoption Center/Lea County Humane Society. The inmates will be instructed on a daily basis by Lt. Sexton, from GEO, in a dog training program. The dogs will be trained to sit, stay, become potty trained and learn basic obedience. The dogs will reside in the cells with the inmates in dog crates. After approximately 2 to 3 months of training, the dogs will be returned to the center for adoption to the community.
The inmates will keep a daily log on their experience and training of their dog. The log will then be turned over to the person who adopts the dogs. This program will allow the adoption center to free up space, as well as enhance the opportunity for the dogs to be trained and ultimately, adopted.
“This is a great example of how the private sector and the city can partner to create beneficial outcomes for all of us, including the dogs of the community who, upon receiving this training, will have a great opportunity to find a loving home,” said Community Engagement Representative, Freddie Salgado.
Consumer COnfidence Report
We are pleased to present this year's Annual Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This report is designed to provide details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. This report is a snapshot of last year's water quality. We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies.
[Click here for the report]