Hub City councilman seeks ordinance to dictate city employee residency

Hub City councilman seeks ordinance to dictate city employee residency

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg City Council member asked his counterparts Monday to consider an ordinance that would require all future city employees to reside within Hattiesburg city limits.

Ward 5 Councilman Henry Naylor said there is no current ordinance that dictates city employees' residency, although there is one that gives city employee applicants preference if they live in Hattiesburg.

"I think it merits being looked at," said Naylor, who explained he was approached by concerned citizens regarding the matter. "This is just one of a number of things that we are looking at when we're talking about trying to better spend taxpayers' dollars and things of that nature."

Naylor proposed the idea in a council work session, but the item is not yet on the agenda for a vote. He said he has not recently discussed his idea with Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, but he has talked to the council members.

"They think it's fair, and it's a serious enough matter that we need to look at it, especially if it's the citizens of our city that's requesting this," said Naylor.

When asking the council to consider the changes, Naylor said he hoped it would be grand fathered in, meaning it would only effect future employees.

Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado openly supported the idea in Monday's meeting, and Council President Kim Bradley (Ward 1) said he would consider the changes.