April 4, 2015 Last updated: Saturday, April 4, 2015, 1:21 AM
By CHRIS HARRIS
STAFF WRITER |
RIDGEWOOD — A councilwoman is urging that a vote to revise a residency rule for hiring new employees should be indefinitely postponed.
Councilwoman Susan Knudsen wants the council’s Wednesday vote on the amendment deferred “so we make sure that we get this right” and to dispel “fundamental misunderstandings about the proposed change.”
Knudsen opposed the change during public talks last month.
The council voted in August to update its residency ordinance for civilian hires with a tier system, which the state has since determined is not permitted.
The system, which officials claim was developed to attract the best qualified candidates, was approved by the entire council.
It would have given preference for village openings to Bergen County military veterans, followed by all county residents, then residents of contiguous counties and lastly, all other state residents.