Geneva City Council has allowed Police Chief Mike Passalacqua to reside outside of the city until his retirement on June 30th, despite opposition from some council members. The council voted 6-3 to waive the residency requirement for the police chief.
A 2009 resolution mandates that police and fire chiefs must live within the city limits in the event of an emergency that requires a rapid response.
The police chief requested the waiver in order to relocate to Waterloo after the sale of his home.
The council’s decision to allow the police chief to reside outside of the city was met with criticism from some council members, who argued that he had signed a contract and should not be granted an exception.
Others defended the decision, saying that it’s only for a short period of four months. A special meeting has been scheduled for February 15th to further discuss residency requirements.
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