Reynoldsburg Safety-Service Director Pam Boratyn submitted her resignation Thursday morning to Mayor Brad McCloud, who immediately named her acting safety-service director.
Reynoldsburg Safety-Service Director Pam Boratyn submitted her resignationThursday morning to Mayor Brad McCloud, who immediately named her acting safety-service director.
In a memorandum circulated to city officials, McCloud said Boratyn will continue to serve as the acting head of the department until the Ohio Supreme Court decides whether cities can impose residency requirements on its employees.
Reynoldsburg's city charter does require employees to live in the city, or to move there within six months of taking a job. Boratyn, who lives in Genoa Township, started her job on March 24. However, she has said she believes she is compliant with Ohio law and is not looking for a Reynoldsburg home.
The mayor and council members William Hills, Fred Deskins, Leslie Kelly and Doug Joseph have said the city should set aside its residency rules for employees until after the Supreme Court releases its findings.
Council members Donna Shirey, Ron Stake and Antoinette Newman believe the city should abide by its charter and require Boratyn to move to Reynoldsburg by Sept. 24. Shirey said two weeks ago she would consider a recall petition against McCloud if he didn't enforce the residency rule.
According to the charter, there is no residency requirement for an acting director.
"While I was comfortable with the fact that the state law had not been overturned and hence was still good law in this jurisdiction, this action completely removes from debate any further question as to whether this employee is in compliance," McCloud said in a statement issued this morning.
"She is in compliance with the charter and she is in compliance with the state law."