Proposed ordinance would lift residency requirements for S&WB employees

Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 at 10:26 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A proposed ordinance by New Orleans Councilman Joe Giarrusso would exempt the utility from employee domicile requirements after receiving confirmation from the utility to lift the requirements.

The legislation seeks to address the immediate need for hiring by the sewerage and water board to address and improve public safety, health, and infrastructure issues revealed after the Aug. 5, 2017 flood.

Employees of the NOPD, NOFD, and EMS are currently exempt from the residency requirement, which states that the city is to employ persons who have or will have an actual domicile in Orleans Parish within 180 days of employment. The proposed ordinance would add the sewerage and water board to the list of exempt agencies.

"This committee will continue to work proactively with the S&WB to improve operations. While this is an immediate tool, we know the Sewerage and Water Board must be dedicated to implementing creative short, medium, and long-term solutions," said Giarrusso.

The ordinance will receive a public hearing at the Aug. 20 Public Works Committee meeting before advancing to the full council for a vote. If the ordinance is approved, the policy change would be effective on Sept. 4.

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