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Green Bay Alderman wants to change vote for top cop's residency requirement

Green Bay Ald. David Boyce
Green Bay Ald. David Boyce

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay Alderman David Boyce says he intended to vote against allowing the city’s new Police Chief Tom Molitor to live outside the city and now wants to change his vote. 

City ordinance requires all department heads to live in the city.

“Ideally we would bring it up for a total reconsideration on the floor,” Boyce said. 

Last week, Boyce voted twice in favor of Molitor. First, against the Personnel Committee's denial and second in favor of a waiver. 

"The vote just came, bang," Boyce said "Before the meeting, I had told several people I was going to vote the opposite way that it came out.” 

Boyce was then one of nine council members voting in favor of granting an exception.

On a handful of occasions in the past, Boyce has had issues following council proceedings and understanding rules. He was elected in the spring of 2012.  

“There was a lot of double negatives and very intense conversations at the time, and I thoroughly regretted my vote, I wasn’t really sure about the process of correcting that,”  Boyce said. 

If Boyce is able to change his vote, the outcome would likely not change.

Last Thursday, Boyce submitted a request to change his vote. Then the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that Friday morning, but a call to the city attorney's office found he had recanted his request. 

Then on Monday, Boyce said he wanted to see the council reconsider the issue.