On July 26, 2016, Common Council File #160453 was approved. This file enacts legislation imposing a residency requirement on law enforcement, fire, and emergency personnel to reside within 15 miles of the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Milwaukee. This charter ordinance takes effect on October 11, 2016.
The City Service Commission, as the designated body under the charter responsible for administering, interpreting, and enforcing the provisions of this new residency requirement for general city employees, will be introducing rule changes at its next meeting (tentatively scheduled for August 23, 2016). The rule changes will identify general city positions that will be considered “emergency personnel” for purposes of this residency requirement. Final adoption of the aforementioned rule changes will be scheduled for Commission action in September. DER anticipates scheduling and holding meet and confer sessions with the appropriate personnel prior to the Commission’s action in September.
Employees who are subject to this residency requirement should understand that the Commission will continue to handle requests for extensions and hardship exceptions in accordance with provisions from the City Charter. Additional information, including the positions classified as “emergency personnel” will be shared as soon as it is available. A map has been developed by the City’s Information Technology Management Division depicting the 15 mile boundary: (click here for map).
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