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Valerie S. Chacon promoted to City Attorney for Hobbs

Hobbs native Valerie S. Chacon named City Attorney

Valerie S. Chacon was recently promoted as City Attorney for the City of Hobbs.

Chacon is a city native who graduated from Hobbs High and currently lives in the city with her husband, Arturo Chacon, and their three boys.

“This is home, and I want to make Hobbs an even better place to live,” Chacon said.

Her career began in the City of Hobbs Legal Department in 2018 as assistant city attorney, where she prosecuted criminal cases. She progressed to deputy city attorney, litigating civil cases.

City Manager Manny Gomez called Chacon a significant contributor to the growth and progression of the City of Hobbs Legal Department.

“It is a great time to welcome growth and expansion in a department that is so integral to the welfare of our community and its residents, as well as its visitors,” Gomez said. “It is also a pleasure to have someone with roots in our community in this position.”

Chacon earned a bachelor’s degree in arts and science and major in criminology from Texas Tech University, and a law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Fluent in English and Spanish, she served as a translator in law school. She’s practiced law in fields including criminal, civil, property, employment and municipal law.

Chacon’s passion for the legal profession was inspired by her mother, Laura K. Castillo, and her longtime mentor, the Honorable Efren A. Cortez.

“I wholeheartedly believe this opportunity was made possible because of my faith, my family and my supportive husband,” she said.

She said she is honored to serve a city that is “community-driven and provides outstanding services to the residents.”

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