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Townscape Residency Scenario

The City of Townscape has had an increasingly difficult time attracting and retaining qualified department heads and other high level city employees. For many years there has been a fifteen mile radius residency requirement. The City Manager would like you, the city council member, to consider the issues that should be addressed with regard to a residency policy. Should the city abolish the residency requirement to attract qualified candidates? What are some of the political concerns as well as the human resource issues when deciding to make such a change?

In addition, review Townscape's overall current situation as outlined in the scenario. What are some of the immediate concerns that should be addressed by the City Council or City Manager? Should the City Manager call for a workshop of all of the council members to get direction of the future? What about the comprehensive plan? What are the responsibilities of the council members?

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Thank you for posting today. It is my goal to provide ideas, definitions, research help, and instructions on how you, the student, should approach the assignment. I appreciate being able to work on another Townscape scenario for you, and I hope our discussions up to this point are proving to be very beneficial.

As we have seen in the previous scenarios, and you have probably noticed in class, Public Administration is where Business and Political Science meet. You need to be able to think out of both parts in your head. To give you an analogy, the Town Manager here is like the CEO. Instead of shareholders or a corporate board, he is responsible for answering to a town council or direct election from town members.

I think the residency requirement is interesting in this scenario, although I'm not quite sure it's even legal. Assuming, for a ...

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The solution gives a detailed look at the scenario and what the possible options are for the city.