GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is reversing his position the city’s residency rule so the city can the new Police Chief.
Schmitt says an exception should be made so the city can hire retired Assistant Chief Tom Molitor as full-time chief.
Schmitt said people say he is “Mr. Residency” and that’s true, but Molitor is the best man for the job and that he only lives 10 minutes away with lights and sirens.
Molitor lives in Abrams and city ordinance requires department heads to live in the city.
Schmitt said “I’m fine with where Molitor lives; he lives like in the greater, greater Green Bay area.”
Molitor has been filling in as interim chief since mid-2012 and the Police and Fire Commission recommended him for the job on Monday thinking a waiver could be granted.
However, on Tuesday the Personnel Committee voted against a granting an exception.
The full council makes the final decision at its February 5th meeting.
Molitor says he will not move back into the city because his house is underwater. The home is worth less then he paid for it, so selling it wouldn’t be worth it.
The position pays just over $102,000 annually.
Just a few months ago the city council considered eliminating the city residency rule. The council voted to have a requirement for department heads to live in the city. Schmitt was a strong advocate for employees of the city live within the city.
Many of those arguing for abolishing the rule say it's about hiring the best candidate for the job and it doesn't matter where they live.