Hobbs, Police Union Settle Lawsuit

Staff Report
The Associated Press

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - Hobbs city officials and the police union have reached an agreement that settles a lawsuit filed last year in a dispute over police policies and procedures.

A stipulated judgment issued last month by a state district judge covers everything from how officers write reports to having the city attorney's office review major directives issued by the
police department.

The lawsuit came after Police Chief J.D. Sanders issued memos over policies on such subjects as detaining people for questioning, impounding vehicles with expired license plates and disciplining officers.

Hobbs City Attorney Mike Stone says the agreement reaches a middle ground on policies and procedures where the two sides had disagreed.

Hobbs Police Officers Association president Jeff Moyers declined to comment, saying he had not seen the judge's decision.