With a new state law virtually abolishing residency requirements for city workers, the West Allis Common Council decided to give top administrators, including fire and police chiefs, the freedom to live even farther than the 15-mile radius specified in the measure.
The approximately 30 administrators who currently have to live in West Allis will soon be able to live outside the city just as other West Allis municipal employees have been able to do for years.
Aldermen acted on the issue Tuesday as the Committee Of The Whole and wiill formally change the city's ordinances and policies soon.
There was concern about letting the fire and police chiefs live farther away in case of an emergency.
But the majority of aldermen expressed the view that the city would be able to handle emergencies because help is available nearby from other communities through mutual aid agreements and because technology means commanders can direct operations off-site.
Some also noted that other firefighters and police officers already can live outside the city, so chiefs should have the same rules.
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