Council member Heidi Wilder said that she has the belief that “we should all live here.”
“It’s the greatest place on Earth and I believe our city manager should be required to live here,” Wilder said. “He or she should have the commitment to live here and be a part of the community.”
Council member Jeff Robinson said he wondered if the city is limiting itself on candidates for the position, if it became available, by implementing the rule.
“A lot of city managers simply don’t want to live where they work,” Robinson said. “I just want to make sure we’re not limiting ourselves and we get the best possible person for the job, no matter where they live.”
Under the ordinance, the city manager would be given ample time to move to the city, if and when it became needed.
Mayor Dennis Hooks said he didn’t wish to handcuff future councils with the decision, which was approved by a 3-2 vote.