The Common Council will consider waiving the residency requirements for Chief of Police William McKenna, at its meeting tonight (7PM, Council Chambers).
Our City Charter requires that the Police Chief be a resident of Middletown. McKenna now wishes to move out of our city and retain his position as Chief. A two-thirds majority of the Council is required to make this ordinance change possible.
The residency requirement was particularly important to the late Councilman Tom Serra, who championed McKenna for the position of Chief. When McKenna was appointed Acting Chief in 2011, he referenced the importance of where he lives, "I am a lifelong resident of Middletown and a stakeholder in this community."
Prior to the appointment of McKenna, Acting Chief Patrick McMahon was accused of living outside the city, something that was held against him by multiple members of the Common Council when they voted against confirming him as Chief, clearing the way for McKenna.