Springfield City Councilors still trying to enforce residency rule

Courtesy of Springfield Fire Department.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield’s still struggling to figure out how to enforce the city residency rule.

City Councilors want six ranking fire officials to comply, by moving to Springfield or take a demotion. Under the 1995 ordinance, employees hired by the city must live in Springfield. Councilor Justin Hurst told 22News, the city could end up paying big legal bills.

“I think we’re opening ourselves up to potential litigation that we could otherwise avoid, if we would just enforce the residency rule requirement that the city councilor voted on, as well as the amendment that they voted on,” said Hurst.

City Councilor Bud Williams said certain individuals have been violating the residency ordinance for years.

The I-team recently discovered the city has granted more than 43 residency waivers. The issue could end up going to collective bargaining.

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