Salisbury council seeks to add option on department heads’ residency

The Salisbury City Council unanimously cleared a measure this week that could allow council members discretion on requiring city department heads to live within city limits.

The resolution, which will advance to a legislative session, would allow department heads to live outside of town with council approval.

When council members met, they heard a report from Assistant City Administrator Julia Glanz, who read a proposed change to the employee handbook.

She said the handbook now states department heads hired in the future, after Aug. 31 of this year, would be required to live in city limits.

However, if members of the city administration were interested in hiring someone who did not live in the city, they could send the applicant’s name to the City Council.

Council members could waive the requirement.

Glanz said Mayor Jim Ireton “considered this requirement good for the city for many reasons including demonstration of city commitment and being role models for employees within their departments to encourage them to also move within city limits.”

The requirement was imposed a decade ago, when council members became concerned that city administrative leaders lacked a personal connection to city affairs.

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