- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - Hobbs Police Chief Chris McCall says his department has seen around 100 applicants for openings thanks to a hiring push.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports (https://goo.gl/ACBa2B) that Hobbs police are trying to fill around nine open spots for a department that was battling shortages for months.

Two months ago, Hobbs police officials launched a recruitment effort that focused on applicants from Hobbs and the Lea County area.

Hobbs and surrounding police departments in eastern New Mexico have faced an officer shortage because of the oil boom in recent years. But despite gas prices falling, some agencies still have struggled to find qualified applicants.

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Information from: Hobbs News-Sun, https://www.hobbsnews.com

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