SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Move in or get out. The Springfield City Council is fighting to enforce residency requirements.
The City Council wants to give dozens of city employees who don't live in the city an ultimatum; move in or get a new job.
Several members of the city council and other local leaders held a news conference Monday afternoon. The City Council hopes to pass an ordinance that would give the 30 plus people who have received a waiver to live outside the city, six months to move in or they'll lose their job.
The total salary of the employees that live outside the city is close to two million dollars.
City Council President James Ferrera told 22News, "It's absolutely an issue the council wants addressed immediately, and I reject the notion that we cannot find qualified candidates to fill local jobs."
This ultimatum would not include teachers, firefighters or police officers, as they have protections in their union contracts.
According to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno 's comments on residency, "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."
The City Council could vote on this on Wednesday.