The roots of the city go back to 1907, but growth in the area really began with the discovery of oil in Hobbs in 1928. Through boom and bust, the city has endured and grown into a thriving community that is home to approximately 50,000 people and covers an area of 28 square miles. The town is still considered the Oil Capital of New Mexico.
Though Hobbs owes its existence to the oil industry, its increasing economic diversity has seen the arrival of major national store chains, hotels, a racetrack/casino and the multi-billion dollar National Enrichment Facility near Eunice. Several housing developments have been built over the past few years with more homes being built each day. Hobbs is also the world’s glider capital and has hosted the U.S.’s major annual gliding competitions for many years. Hobbs is home to Zia Park Racetrack that hosts thoroughbred and quarter horse racing and the Black Gold Casino.
Hobbs has two schools of higher education; New Mexico Junior College (NMJC) and the University of the Southwest. NMJC opened its doors in the fall of 1966. It has grown to cover 243 acres and is worth an estimated $37.3 million. It is a non-profit, publicly funded college that provides varied, lifelong learning experiences, at an affordable price. The University of the Southwest began as a two-year junior college in 1956. It was changed to New Mexico Baptist College in 1958 and became a four-year college. By 1962 it had outgrown its infrastructure and was moved to its current site where it became College of the Southwest. In 2008, it became University of the Southwest. It offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It is an accredited member of the Higher Learning Commission.
Two of the most recent updates or additions to Hobbs is Rockwind Community Links and the CORE (Center of Recreational Excellence). Rockwind Community Links opened in 2015. It is a 27-hole community golf facility owned and operated by the City of Hobbs. The award-winning facility includes a championship 18-hole course, a 9-hole par-3 course, a dual-ended practice range and multiple short game areas for practice and learning. Additional elements to the facility include an open green space for events, a surrounding trail system complete with multiple trailheads, various outdoor seating areas, picnic spaces and multiple scenic viewing points, including access to the site’s five-acre lake that overlooks the golf course. The CORE is a 158,000 square foot, $61 million facility whose vision is to enhance the quality of life and improve the health of area residents. The CORE is an intergenerational place for children to adults and seniors which offers indoor, year-round opportunities for social interaction, learning, fun, and fitness for all ages and abilities where families can enjoy multiple activities in one location.
The Hobbs Police Department is located in Lea County and has a current operating budget of approximately $22,000,000.00. The department is authorized 107 certified police officer positions plus support staff which totals 159 employees.
The Patrol Division is divided into two shifts; Days 7:00 AM- 7:00 PM and Nights 7:00 PM-7:00 AM. Shift change occurs every 3 months.
The Criminal Investigation Division is divided into two shifts that work 7:00 AM- 7:00 PM. One shift works Sunday through Wednesday and the other shift works Wednesday through Saturday. Each shift has one supervisor and each detective takes one call out night per week. Crime Scene Investigation personnel are on call from 7:00PM-7:00AM. The EAGLE IC (Real Time Crime Center) is staffed by certified officers who work rotating shifts.
|City Manager||Manny Gomez (Acting)|
|Chief of Police||John Ortolano|
|Deputy Chief||August Fons|
|Captain Investigations||Chad Wright|
|Captain Support Services||Jeff Moyers|
|Captain Patrol Services||Danny Garrett|
|Captain Community Services||Shane Blevins|
|Detention Administrator||Nancy Brown|
|Records Administrator||Lorena Brito|
|Accreditation Manager||Kristi Kelley|
The Chief of Police and the Deputy Chief
CHIEF OF POLICE
Patrol Officers, School Resources Officers, K-9 Officers, and S.W.A.T.
Evidence and Criminal Investigations
Detectives work various hours and shifts and are responsible for investigations of all serious offenses as well as minor offenses with a high degree of solvability. Detectives spend countless hours conducting interviews, collecting evidence, obtaining warrants, and preparing cases for court to ensure successful prosecution.
The Hobbs Police Department maintains thousands of pieces of evidence necessary to ensure successful prosecutions. Each piece of evidence is entered into a computerized database and is tracked. Random inspections are conducted to ensure the evidence room's integrity.
Monday - Thursday 8:00 - 4:00
Friday 8:00 - 12:00
Please contact at 575-397-9255 if you have questions regarding found property or items seized during criminal investigations.
CAPTAIN OF AGENCY SUPPORT
Professional Standards/Internal Affairs
Training and Recruiting/Field Training Program
School Resource Officers
CAPTAIN OF COMMUNITY SERVICES
Captain Shane Blevins – Hobbs Police Department
Superintendent Arthur Delacruz – Environmental Services
Supervisor Melissa “Missy” Funk – Hobbs Animal Adoption Center
Detention Administrator – Nancy Brown – Hobbs City Jail
Mission – The mission of the City of Hobbs Animal Adoption Center strives to provide a respectful, humane treatment of animals. We will strive to provide educational programs in the treatment of animals to city and county residences so that hopefully we may accomplish our goal of reducing the number of animals we will have to euthanize.
Some of the services provided:
Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Thursday 12pm - 6pm
Friday and Saturday 10am-2pm
During normal business hours we can be reached at 575-397-9323
After hours please contact dispatch at 575-397-9265 for all emergency and non-emergent animal welfare related concerns.
Any compliments/complaints can be done by calling 575-397-9323 or emailing the department supervisor Missy Funk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission - The mission of the Code Enforcement Division is to enforce the codes of the city in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community and, where violations occur, to work with our citizens to achieve compliance through an efficient and fair process.
Some of the services provided:
Code Enforcement: Patrols streets daily to enforce applicable city ordinances regarding weed control in vacant lots, vacant homes, and occupied homes, condemnations, open sewers, illegal dumping, illegal construction, Recreational vehicle placement, unsanitary premises, and obstruction of vision due to trees or motor homes; issuing warnings, citations and post notices for properties in violation. Receives, investigates and resolves complaints concerning property code violations. Provides information to the public regarding municipal codes and laws.
Animal Control: Patrols designated geographical areas to enforce animal regulations, laws, and ordinances. Answers complaints concerning animals, conducts cruelty investigations and dangerous dog investigations, picks up stray and unwanted animals, sets humane animal traps, investigates and quarantines biting animals and issues warnings or citations. Identifies and handles wild and/or vicious animals and uses proper handling precautions, rescues, picks up and transports sick, injured, and dead animals. Provides information to the public regarding municipal codes and laws.
Hours of Operation
Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday
During normal business hours we can be reached at 575-391-8158 or 575-397-9265
For any emergency calls after hours please contact Lea County Communication Authority non-emergency number at 575-397-9265.
Any compliments/complaints can be done by calling 575-391-4154 or emailing the department supervisor Arthur Delacruz at email@example.com
Hobbs City Jail
Mission - The mission of the Hobbs City Jail is to protect the community by securely holding persons who are determined by the courts to pose a threat public safety and/or persons that have been sentenced to serve their time in our jail. It is the ethical and legal obligation of the Hobbs City Jail and its Detention Officers to provide secure, safe, and humane confinement.
Hours of Operation
The Hobbs City Jail is a 24 hour 365 day operating facility.
It should be noted that only sentenced inmates may have visitors. COVID safe practices are in effect.
Saturday – 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Inmates last names beginning A thru L
Sunday – 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Inmates last names beginning M thru Z
We can be reached at 575-397-9247
The Hobbs Police Department is proud to be an accredited law enforcement agency through the New Mexico Municipal Law Enforcement Professional Standards Council. Hobbs P.D. was only the third agency in the state to achieve this accomplishment in 2005. Prior to this, Hobbs P.D. was internationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies since 1996.
Accreditation is an ongoing process whereby agencies are evaluated by an independant and authoratative body to ensure compliance with established criteria and standards. The goal of accreditation is to:
The Hobbs Police Department is a two-story facility which houses all divisions of the Police Department, including: