Employee residency rules to ease on Oct. 1
City of Hagerstown employees will no longer have to live in Maryland starting Oct. 1, although some city officials don't agree like the idea.
City officials said they would approve a new residency requirement that doesn't address general city employees, but that continues to direct that the city administrator and newly hired department managers must live in the city.
Legislators approved a law last spring that will allow local government employees to live outside Maryland.
The city's previous residency requirement dictating that general employees had to live in Washington County was overruled by state law in 1995. "We're losing control of our city," said City Councilman William M. Breichner.