State Auditor’s Investigation Finds Public Officials Likely Violated Ethics Code In Hobbs
- The Mayor had a financial interest in the form of a $60,000 home loan to the City Manager, which raises a potential conflict of interest with respect to employment decisions. The Mayor participated in employment matters involving the City Manager, including his compensation, without disclosing the business interest.
- City officials, including the Mayor and Commissioners, are required to file annual financial disclosures that include a listing of business interests. The City has no records of any such disclosures for the last several years.
- The City violated its procurement code by purchasing over $40,000 of goods and services from vendors owned by two Commissioners.