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Green Bay mayor OK with police chief living out of town

2:01 PM, Jan. 23, 2013  |  Comments
Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt said he will ask the City Council to grant a residency exemption to allow Tom Molitior to serve as the city's police chief while living in Oconto County.
Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt said he will ask the City Council to grant a residency exemption to allow Tom Molitior to serve as the city's police chief while living in Oconto County.
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Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt said today he would allow the city's next police chief to live outside the community.

Schmitt said in an interview that he will lobby City Council members to approve an exemption to the city's residency requirement for Police Chief-designate Tom Molitor.

Molitor, 56, who was selected Monday by the Police & Fire Commission for the $102,000-a-year chief's job, lives about 20 miles north of Green Bay in the Oconto County community of Abrams.

Green Bay policy requires all city department heads to live in the city, but Molitor has requested an exemption. The City Council will consider the request Feb. 5, after a council committee voted Tuesday night to recommend denial.

Schmitt acknowledged that some residents would object to having a police chief live out of town. The mayor, however, said Molitor is the best candidate and that living in Abrams would not prevent him from doing the job.

"I think we need to make an exception, and I think people will understand that," Schmitt said.

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