Presumed 2007 Mayoral candidate Jonathan Saidel and current City Councilman Frank DiCicco are both arguing for a relaxation of residency requirements for Philadelphia city employees
. I guess it would feel wrong to me for a Mayor, Congressperson, or other person elected to represent a geographical area not to actually live in that area. I can see a parallel (but slightly different) argument against "outsider" police. But, really, does it matter whether the bulk of city civil servants -- the office workers and the like -- live in the city limits? My instinct is to say that everybody working in the city's interests should share those interests, but it also seems arbitrary to exclude workers who have two-body location issues or who live right across the river from a specific subset of jobs in Philadelphia. (This is all before you get into the cases discussed in the article, where somebody has to relocate before even finding out whether they get a job.)
I'd be interested to hear anybody else's thoughts on this issue.