Aiming to send a message to the city council, Hartford’s Internal Audit Commission voted Wednesday to seek an update on key staffers’ compliance with the city’s residency requirement.
Commissioners Bruce Rubenstein and Ted See both supported a motion that would compel Mayor Luke Bronin’s office into soliciting affidavits of residency from all nonunion, unclassified employees, a group that includes major department heads. A third commissioner, Kyle Bergquist, abstained because he “has had a real estate [agent] relationship with multiple people subject to the city residency requirement.”
In the past, city administrators have required employees subject to the residency requirement to annually submit signed affidavits confirming they’re adhering to the requirement. It is not stipulated in the municipal ordinance governing residency.
Records from the city corporation counsel show that process was completed in 2014 and 2015 by then-Mayor Pedro Segarra’s administration. It was repeated in 2016 by Bronin. But, as confirmed by an attorney working in the corporation counsel’s office, the affidavits were not compiled in 2017.