Citizen Petition Challenges Double Dipping in Hobbs

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

HOBBS, NEW MEXICO - It's the talk of the town. Double dipping by the Hobbs City Manager has people who live there up in arms. You may remember our story from last week, city commissioners voted to allow Manager Eric Honeyfield to retire then return to his job collect his pension plus keep a big salary. 

NewsWest 9 learned a group of angry citizens filed a petition to try and change that. The Hobbs City Clerk told NewsWest 9, a group of Hobbs citizens brought in a petition calling for a special election on that employment agreement.

Several city employees in Hobbs all say they were denied the very same deal that the city manager received. They say that double standard is wrong and they're hoping the petition will reverse the commissioner's decision.

"People are very very angry," Jeanie Coates, who filed the petition through the New Mexico Tea Party, said. "It's like what is happening in Washington D.C. and all branches of government today. We have elected officials, city officials, appointed officials who think they are above the standards they place on the rest of us. People are tired of it."

The leaders behind the petition say they've posted it all over town: in restaurants, stores, and community centers. Petitioners have until April 13th to land 434 signatures. The city commissioners have called an emergency executive session Tuesday night to talk about that double-dipping agreement.

NewsWest9 will continue following the latest developments.