Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

City Redefines Residency Rule: Home Is Where the Family Is

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

City Redefines Residency Rule: Home Is Where the Family Is

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St. Louis Personnel Director William Duffe said the city is tightening its residency rule with a new regulation: Where your family lives is your residence.

Duffe said he enacted the new guideline Thursday to try to close a loophole in the law.

"Where they keep their family is now to be deemed their primary residence, at least as long as there are no extenuating circumstances such as divorce or legal separation," Duffe said.

The city charter requires all city workers to live in the city. In the last year, 30 city workers have been fired and 25 more have quit since the city began cracking down on violators at the request of Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr.

Aldermanic President Francis G. Slay called the new rule "unbelievable." He said it is common nowadays for one spouse to live and work in a different location than another spouse.

Brian Spector, a lawyer representing seven fired firefighters, said the city already has adequate residency regulations.

Phillip McLaurin's case prompted the new guideline, Duffe said. McLaurin was the city's corrections commissioner who fired two workers for not living in the city. He said he lived in an apartment four blocks from City Hall.

The Post-Dispatch reported that McLaurin's main residence was in Illinois, where his wife and children lived. A city investigation prompted by the story cleared McLaurin, but officials fired him anyway.

Duffe said the city counselor's office studied the case and came up with the new regulation.

The regulation also coincides with the Missouri law that defines residency as where a married person's family resides and where a single person resides.

The definition survived a court test in 1965. The court ruled that St. Louis Alderman Barney Mueller forfeited his office because he had a home outside his ward. His family lived in that home, and he spent his evenings and Sundays there. …

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