City Councilors, Mayor Spar Over Springfield’s Residency Requirement
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Monday, Springfield City Council President James Fererra and other city leaders held a press conference adressing the city’s residency requirements.
The council addressed waivers being granted for people living outside the city.
Councilors are pushing for the city to take a hard line stance and dismiss employees who can’t meet the residency requirements within six months.
Currently, councilors say $2 million in salary is going to people who live outside the city.
They’d rather re-advertise the jobs for people committed to living in Springfield.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says in a statement: “My position on residency continues to be, as it has all along; to make sure that from rank and file employees to top level executives we have the best qualified individuals for the position no matter what creed, color or background. Everything being equal, Springfield residents are always given first preference. My administration’s goal is to attract top level talent, who will execute and perform for the taxpayers of Springfield.”