City Council discusses residency requirementsThe Prescott City Council took up the issue of residency requirements for its employees during the Feb. 11 meeting.
By: Jason Schulte, Pierce County Herald
PRESCOTT – The Prescott City Council took up the issue of residency requirements for its employees during the Feb. 11 meeting.
Alderperson Rob Daugherty believes employees should have to pay taxes in the City “so that they have a skin in the game.” Meanwhile, alderpersons Jeremy Shanklin, Joshua Gergen and Maureen Otwell would be in favor of abolishing the ordinance, while Galen Seipel stated he would like to hear from the residents about it.
It was decided the Council would like to hear from the residents and placed the issue back on the agenda for the March 11 meeting.
The residency requirement was a contributing factor in the departure of City Administrator Mike Robertson, who resigned back in December. Robertson never lived in Prescott during his short time as Administrator.
According to Interim Administrator Jayne Brand, the Council approved the Police Union contract which took out the residency requirement and the Council has also waived residency for several employees, so they are deciding whether or not to have the ordinance in the first place.
In relation to the residency issue, the Council will also be in the search for a new Public Works Director as long-time head Jerry Killian will be retiring at the end of the year.
“It is sometimes hard to get good qualified candidates that are also willing to move to Prescott,” Brand said.
For more please read the Feb. 20 print version of the Herald.