Sec. 17-7. Employees to be residents; exceptions.
Persons not residents of the city may be appointed or engaged for employment on the condition that within six (6) months of such appointment or engagement they shall become residents of the city.
Any officer or employee of the city who, during employment ceases to be a resident and who is not exempt shall forfeit hisor her position in the employ of the city. It shall be the duty of the director of personnel to monitor this residency requirementregularly and to report timely any violations to the mayor and city council for appropriate action. Violations may also be reported directly to the residency commission for investigation as provided for in section (e).
Police officers and firefighters shall become residents of the city within six (6) months after he/she has been sworn into his/her position.
The residency requirement shall apply to all full and part-time employees of the city but shall not apply to temporary and seasonal employees, as defined herein.
The commission shall consist of five (5) members, three (3) of whom shall be council members, appointed by the council president and two (2) of whom shall be appointed by the mayor. Each member shall serve a term concurrent with the appointing authority.
Residence shall mean domiciled in the City of Providence.
Domiciled shall mean that place where a person has his or her true, fixed, and permanent home and principal establishment, and to which, whenever he or she is absent has the intention of returning.
Part-time shall mean an employee who is hired for fewer than thirty-five hours per week.
Temporary shall mean an individual who is hired for a limited period of time or an individual employed to replace an employee on authorized leave for the period of such leave.
Seasonal shall mean an employee who is employed only during the months of June through September and who performs primarily recreation or recreation-related work.
In addition, the following shall be considered evidence of permanent and principal legal residence. An employee shall provide three (3) of the same unless the employee is not entitled to or does not qualify for such three (3). In such case, the director of personnel may use the best available evidence to determine the employee’s residence. Provided, however, that upon qualifyingand obtaining such documents, the same shall be tendered forthwith to the director of personnel.
In all cases, the director of personnel shall conduct an appropriate hearing.
If any individual wishes to apply to the city council for an extension of the six-month period, he/she shall make such applicationprior to the expiration of the six-month period and shall show just cause as to why the period should be extended. Whether or not a reason is “just cause” exists for an extension shall be solely in the discretion of the city council.
(Ord. 1931, ch. 801, § 1; Rev. Ords. 1946, ch. 2, § 167; Ord. 1947, ch. 1582, § 1; Ord. 1996, ch. 96-36, § 1—10, 10-15-96; Ord. 1997, ch. 97-60, § 1, 9-29-97)
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