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WP revisits employee residency

April 10, 2014

By Josh Presley

The West Point Board of Selectmen is no longer requiring city employees that aren’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 month’s meeting to gather more information.
“I just think that anyone who works in West Point should be proud enough to want to live in the community,” Hannah said.
Clark said that changing the policy will help fill positions in the city more quickly.
“The 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,” Clark said. “I 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.”

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