Law requires city workers to live in Orleans Parish
An attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) went before a New Orleans City Council committee Monday to express the group's concerns about the city's domicile law.
The law requires city employees, including police officers and firefighters, to live in Orleans Parish. The law was put on hold after Hurricane Katrina but was reinstated this year.
FOP attorney Raymond Burkhart says police officers and firefighters should be exempt from the law as the FOP is concerned it might keep qualified applicants from seeking jobs with the NOPD.
"The domicile ordinance unnecessarily limits the New Orleans Police Department's applicant pool. On a recent recruiting effort, that was brought to us by another officer this information that was aimed at getting millitary personnel, over 20 people declined to apply citing a domicile requirement or residency requirement, Burkhart said.
This issue and others surrounding the domicile ordinance are expected to be hashed out by the Council in coming weeks.