Springfield’s mayor and the city council are clashing over a residency requirement for top level city employees.
For the second time in three years, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has vetoed a city council-passed measure that would limit the mayor’s ability to grant waivers to an ordinance that requires department heads and their assistants to live in the city.
City Council President Mike Fenton said the council voted 10-1 Monday night to amend the residency ordinance.
" If you are a department head, or a deputy department head from this day forward you can not live outside the city," said Fenton. " It is a blanket ban."
The council passed a similar ordinance in 2013, but fell a vote short of overriding the mayor’s veto.