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Residency Compliance Commission records

Identifier: 9709.001

Scope and Contents

Includes agenda and minutes of the meetings of the Residency Compliance Commission from 1997-2014; annual reports from 1996-1997 and 2002-2013 and the semi annual report from July-December of 2013; and administrative files relating to the work of the Commission.


  • 1994-2014


Historical note

Ordinance of 1994, chapter 10 amended by Ordinance of 2016 chapter 2 section 3 established a Residency Compliance Commission (“Commission”) comprising of seven (7) Commissioners, five (5) to be appointed by the Mayor of Boston so long as one is a City union representative and two (2) are members of the citizens group Save Our City; the City’s Affirmative Action Officer shall serve ex-officio, and the City Council President, or such other Councillor designated from time to time by the Council President, shall serve ex-officio. The purpose of the Commission is to investigate and make findings, pursuant to the following provisions, relative to compliance with the Boston Residency Ordinance, CBC subsections 5-5.2, 5-5.3 (“Residency Ordinance”) and to consider whether to grant waivers in accordance with said Residency Ordinance.

All Commissioners, with the exception of the City Council President, serve coterminous with the Mayor and any vacancies are filled by the Mayor of Boston for the unexpired term. The Commissioners annually elect a Commission Chairperson. Commissioners serve without compensation and are classified as Special Municipal Employees for purposes of the State Ethics Law, G.L. c. 268A. The Commission has the power to investigate, conduct hearings, subpoena witnesses, compel their attendance, administer oaths, take the testimony of any person under oath and in connection therewith to require the production for examination of any documents, books, papers, or evidence relating to any matter in question or under investigation by the Commission. The Commission appoints from within or without its membership a hearing officer to conduct particular hearings. Subpoena power can be exercised by the Chairperson of the Commission, or his or her designee, upon majority vote of the Commission. The employee who is the subject of a hearing is afforded notice and an opportunity to provide testimony, witnesses, documents and to have counsel present. Should the Commission, after hearing, find that an employee, who is subject to the Residency Ordinance, does not reside within the City of Boston, the Commission issues its findings to the employee's Department head. The Commission also, with its findings, advises that the employee's failure to reside within the City of Boston constitutes a voluntary termination of employment under the Residency Ordinance and said Department head or appointing authority shall, consistent with the Residency Ordinance, notify the Treasurer to remove the employee's name from the payroll. Semi-annually, the Commission provides a written report to the Mayor, who files a copy with the City Council. This report includes all investigations and findings by the Commission with respect to the Residency Ordinance.


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