Starting Jan. 1, all newly hired Utica employees – from janitors to fire and policemen to department heads – will be required to live in the city that employs them, Utica Mayor David Roefaro said.I think that the voters made the right decision, though I wish the law would be enforced for existing employees as well, since it apparently has been on the books all along.
A referendum strengthening the city’s residency requirement passed Tuesday, according to unofficial election results.
And there should be NO EXCEPTIONS.
I disagree that this limits the city from getting the "best" employees. The brightest or the most educated employees are not the "best" ones if they regard a city job as merely a stepping stone to something else. . . or they are unwilling to live with the consequences of their own work.
Public employment should not be just a job . . . It is a calling to serve.
City residency will filter out those for whom service to their fellow residents is not an important motivation.
Now, if only the Utica City School District would follow suit!