York City might loosen residency mandate for non-union employees

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
York City Council President Henry Nixon tells Tonya Thompson-Morgan, not shown, she is out of line during a town hall meeting concerning Mayor Michael Helfrich's hiring of Blanda Nace as chief opportunity development officer, Monday, June 24, 2019. 
John A. Pavoncello photo

Nearly 100 nonunion York City employees could reside outside city limits if the City Council adopts new legislation this month.

The legislation, introduced at a York City Council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19, would loosen residential living requirements for the employees now required to live within the city. The bill would allow them to live anywhere in York County as well as in seven surrounding counties.

"I think (the residency requirement) has hindered employment, without question," said City Council President Henry Nixon. "We've had people leave positions because of the residency requirement, and we've had positions unable to be filled. It's significant."

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The 97 nonunion employees who would be affected make up less than one-third of the city's 366 total employees.

If the legislation passes, employees would be allowed to live in neighboring Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin and Lancaster counties, as well as the Maryland counties of Harford, Baltimore and Caroll.

Department heads — including police and fire chiefs — would still have to live within the city limits unless a waiver is granted.

Union employees would still have a variety of residency requirements, depending on their contracts with the city.

City Council is expected to vote on the measure at its 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, legislative meeting.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.