Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan said he was supporting two residency rule exemptions, and one extension for a person trying to get in compliance with the city ordinance.
BROCKTON – While he has opposed other such requests in the past as a city councilor, Mayor Robert Sullivan is supporting waivers to the city's residency ordinance for employees who do not currently live in the community.
2020欧洲杯官方网站The City Council received the requests and read them into the record at its meeting last Monday, moving them onto an agenda for an upcoming Finance Committee meeting, where they may be the subject of debate, before they could eventually be passed on a third reading if city councilors agree.
The residency ordinance requires employees to live within city limits, or face termination if they are unable to comply. Brockton voters approved the measure by a 3-to-1 margin when it was on the ballot during a 1991 election.
Sullivan and his chief financial officer supported residency exemptions for Tiffani Ciasullo, who was first hired by the city in 2001 and was promoted recently as a financial analyst at the Finance Department, along with Mary Drake, who is the animal inspector at the Board of Health, who previously lost her job for not complying with the residency ordinance.
In the case of Ciasullo, Sullivan and CFO Troy Clarkson said she was previously working as a member of the Brockton Department Heads union, which negotiated a provision through collective bargaining to allow employees to move out of the city once they've worked here for seven years. The seven-year rule first came into play in 2005 under former Mayor John Yunits, allowing members of police and firefighter unions to move out of Brockton after seven years of employment, and the seven-year rule was later extended to other unions. Ciasullo purchased a home in Bridgewater after that seven years.
2020欧洲杯官方网站With her recent promotion, Ciasullo is no longer a member of the union that negotiated the seven-year exception, Sullivan said. The financial analyst shouldn't be forced to move back to Brockton as a result, the mayor said.
"I thought that was an appropriate request," said Sullivan, reached on Thursday. "She already met the standards of the collective bargaining for residency. ... Now the council will decide."
As for Drake, Sullivan said the city has been unable to find another qualified animal inspector for the position who is also willing to move to the city. Drake previously was terminated in January 2019 for failing to comply with the residency rule, before she was re-hired last year under former mayor Moises Rodrigues. Drake, a Whitman resident, has worked for the city for nearly three years, Sullivan said.
2020欧洲杯官方网站"The animal inspector position was posted four times to try to find a local qualified applicant and it was unsuccessful," Sullivan said. "She does a position that is unique and it's a specialty. Again, when she was let go, nobody was hired to fill that spot. ... Ultimately, the council will decide if these were appropriate. As mayor, I think I'm well within the realm to put them forward to see."
In addition to the two residency waiver requests, Sullivan is supporting a six-month residency extension for a Brockton Public Library employee who got a job with the city in November. The residency requirement states that employees have one year to come into compliance with the ordinance. The library employee is Kelly Gates.
2020欧洲杯官方网站"She is actively looking for a residence here in the city," Sullivan said. "She was just a little side tracked for her health issues."
2020欧洲杯官方网站The residency ordinance carves out three reasons that could justify an exemption, if agreed to by the mayor and City Council, including the health of the employee necessitating residence outside of the city, the nature of job requiring an employee to live outside city limits, and other "special circumstances" justifying residence outside city limits.
2020欧洲杯官方网站Before this, at least seven employees have received exemptions from the residency ordinance in the nearly 30 years it has been on the books, according to information provided by the Clerk's Office. Those employees who received exemptions included former assistant city solicitor Katherine Feodoroff, benefits administrator Nicole Casarez, Cynthia Scrivani, the head of the Elections Commission, when she held a different position, former city auditor Harold Hanna Jr., former chief financial officer John Condon, Ana Carpenter, a school department secretary, and an unnamed police officer, whose name was kept confidential due to fears over his safety.
Teachers, the largest group of city employees, are exempt from any residency requirement by state law. Also, employees who began working for the city before the residency ordinance took effect in 1992 are exempt. The hundreds of employees who are bound by the residency rule must sign and submit a form to the Department of Human Resources each year acknowledging the condition of employment and they must also verify their current address.
2020欧洲杯官方网站Sullivan said he generally supports the residency rule, explaining that he appreciates city employees doing their shopping and dining in the city of Brockton. But Sullivan said he wants to look at waiver requests on a "case-by-base" basis.
2020欧洲杯官方网站"I opposed residency waivers on several occasions when I was on the council," said Sullivan, who was a councilor-at-large for 14 years. "I supported a few. I think it's specific. ... I believe residency is appropriate when people are hired here they understand there is an expectation. My own chief of staff moved from Boston to Brockton. I think it's important. But I also don't want to lose good employees, either. ... I do think there are special circumstances."
One things for sure, Sullivan said.
"I love Brockton and I'm not moving," the mayor said.