By Josh Presley
The West Point Board of Selectmen is no longer requiring city employees that arenâ€™t department heads to be permanent residents of Clay County.
The previous city personnel policy said that all full-time regular, probationary and supervisory employees of the city of West Point must be permanent residents of Clay County.
The board voted 3-2 to pass an action that now requires only city department heads be permanent residents of the county.
Ward 4 Selectman Keith McBrayer, Ward 3 Selectman Jimmy Clark and Ward 5 Selectman Gary Dedeaux voted in favor of the change while Ward 1 Selectman Linda Hannah and Ward 2 Selectman William Binder voted against it.
Hannah originally suggested the board table the vote until next monthâ€™s meeting to gather more information.
â€śI just think that anyone who works in West Point should be proud enough to want to live in the community,â€ť Hannah said.
Clark said that changing the policy will help fill positions in the city more quickly.
â€śThe people that live in West Point and Clay County looking for a job will still have priority when it comes to city jobs and public works jobs,â€ť Clark said. â€śI just think this will help us get people in here and fill positions instead of having to revisit the issue of filling these positions every two months.â€ť
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