Only the police chief, fire chief and public works directors should, along with the city administrator and attorney, be required to live here, a council committee recommends.
- Jim Price
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
After months of tilting over whether to keep all current residency requirements for appointed city employees or to do away with them all together, the Employee Relations Committee on Tuesday did neither but voted its way back to square one. After another debate lasting nearly an hour and a half, committe members voted 3-2 to recommend doing away with the residency rule for all but three department heads – the police and fire chiefs and the director of public works. (Residency is also required of the city administrator, who works under a separate contract, and the city attorney, who is covered by a separate ordinance.) What's more, the committee stipulated that there should still be no option of granting residency waivers for those …
After an attempt to reduce the number of city managers who have to live here turned into a debate on whether any should, the discussion has continued with no action. It comes up again Tuesday.
- Jim Price
Monday, December 10, 2012
Once again, the Common Council's Committee on Employee Relations will take up a debate Tuesday night that seems to go on and on: Which, if any, city employees ought to be required to live here? The residency requirement for Wauwatosa department managers at certain levels is among the more stringent among municipalities in the metropolitan area, and over the years, relaxing the rules has been discussed a number of times with no action taken. Earlier this year, the question appeared to have gathered steam toward a large reduction in the positions requiring residency. After initial discussions in July seemed to lean in favor of doing away with residency for all but a few department heads, of police, fire and public works, Assistant City …