Walsh proposes stricter residency requirement for municipal workers

Mayor Marty Walsh
Mayor Marty Walsh –Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

Mayor Marty Walsh released plans Wednesday to strengthen city residency requirements for Boston employees. The Boston Globe reports that Walsh named a select number of municipal officials that will be exempt from the decades-old stipulation, since, as of 2014, nearly half of the city’s nearly 18,000 employees live in the suburbs.

Walsh’s proposal comes after the recommendation of a City Council-led commission to force Boston’s top leadership to live in the city, no matter how long they’ve lived elsewhere. In 2014, the Globe reported that 13 of the top 22 leaders in Boston’s Police Department lived outside of the city, and that only 43 percent of all city employees were Boston residents.

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Though the mayor said strengthening the original 1976 ordinance would require longtime city employees to move, many current officials will be grandfathered in, according to the Globe.

Critics told the Globe that the mayor’s proposal is not an improvement on a law that has a history of being ignored.

“If I was a dedicated city worker who lived in the city and was working in City Hall, I would be scratching my head. It’s far worse than it was before,’’ activist Eileen Boyle of the pro-residency group Save Our City told the Globe.

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