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Hobbs Police Chief Placed on Leave

HOBBS (AP) — The police chief in Hobbs has been placed on administrative leave following an incident with a police officer at a public event.

City officials say J.D. Sanders was put on paid leave last week while authorities investigate the matter.

City Manager J.J. Murphy says the incident took place within the last 30 days but won’t disclose any details.

He says the Hobbs police officer involved wasn’t placed on administrative leave.


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While the investigation of Sanders is going on, Murphy says Deputy Chief Chris McCall is in charge.

Murphy says he feels the matter should be resolved within a week or two.

The Hobbs News-Sun says Sanders has been police chief since 2008 and has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, having worked previously in Mississippi and Tennessee.