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FOP: Exempt NOPD from domicile requirement

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New Orleans, La.- The Fraternal Order of Police wants New Orleans police officers and firefighters to be exempt from the city's domicile ordinance.

The domicile ordinance which requires all city employees to live in Orleans Parish has been on hold since Hurricane Katrina. It was reinstated January first.

City Council President Stacy Head says city employees should have be pay taxes in Orleans Parish and live in the city if they're being paid with taxpayer dollars.

But the FOP is concerned the law will keep qualified applicants from seeking jobs with the NOPD.

FOP attorney Raymond Burkart, III addressed members of a council committee Monday morning saying

"The domicide ordinance unnecessarily limits the NOPD's applicant pool. We need to think bigger, we need to think better."

He says during a recent recruiting effort aimed at military personnel, twenty people declined to apply because of the residency requirement.

Stacy Head says current city employees will most likely be grandfathered in, meaning they can continue to live outside the parish.

The issue will be discussed at length at a later date by the full council.

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