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(a) Adequate Response Times. To ensure adequate response times to emergencies or disasters, the full-time employees of the Police Division and the Fire Division of the Department of Public Safety shall, as a condition of employment, reside either within Greene County or a county adjoining Greene County. Persons may be appointed who certify, in writing, that they will satisfy all residency requirements within six (6) months after appointment. Appointees who fail to acquire or retain their residence within the required limits shall be dismissed from employment.
(b) Collective Bargaining Agreements. If an employee who is covered by this section is also covered by an applicable collective bargaining agreement, the terms of the collective bargaining agreement regarding residency requirements shall control. In no instance shall the collective bargaining agreement applicable to an employee covered by this section impose residency requirements on the employee that are more restrictive than those provided under division (a) of this section.
(c) Exceptions. If an unusual hardship or emergency is found to exist by the Public Safety Director, the Director may, in his or her discretion, permit an employee to live temporarily outside the residency limits prescribed by division (a) of this section for a period of no longer than six (6) months. Failure of the employee to resume his or her proper residency by the end of such six-month period shall result in termination of his or her employment.
(Ord. 00-34. Passed 08/10/00; Ord. 2018-31. Passed 10/25/18)