Gibbons Favors State Law Abolishing Residency Requirements for Police 

District Attorney General Bill Gibbons, a declared candidate for governor in the 2010 Republican primary, on Wednesday professed sympathy with the Memphis city council’s action in liberalizing residency requirements for new Memphis police recruits and said that, if elected, he would support legislation to abolish any and all residency restrictions for police hires statewide.

“I’m in favor of eliminating any residency requirement,” Gibbons told a brunch meeting of the Republican Women of Purpose at Ridgeway Country Club. Noting that the compromise council ordinance which passed last week would allow applications from persons living within 20 miles of the Shelby County line, Gibbons commented, “I’m saying, ‘Go far beyond that.’”

Concerning a bill introduced last month by Germantown state Rep. Brian Kelsey that would abolishing residency requirements for Tennessee police, Gibbons said, “It has merit.”

And, while Gibbons expressed confidence that the Memphis ordinance would withstand ongoing legal challenges, he said that state action would make such litigation moot. “It is possible to address that with a state law to provide there should be no residency requirement for a law-enforcement official.”

Gibbons said a state law would take precedence over any local action, including a prior referendum limiting residency of Memphis police to Memphis and Shelby County.

Comments (19)

Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

More by Jackson Baker

Top Viewed Stories

ADVERTISEMENT

Flyer Flashback

Looking Back at the Flyer’s $50,000 Giveaway

To celebrate the Flyer’s 25th year, we’ll be using this space each week to look back on stories from past issues.

Read Story

Site Search

From the Archives

  • Ford's Future

    Nervous fellow Democrats are keeping close watch on the former congressman's political prospects.
    • Jan 15, 2009
  • POLITICS: Loading the Bandwagon

    Democrat Cohen picks up some important endorsements, but others are holding back.
    • Feb 1, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

© 1996-2014

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Memphis Business Quarterly
Powered by Foundation