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    Despite lying to City of Cincinnati officials about where he lived, Metropolitan Sewer District Director (MSD) Tony Parrott may not have to move after all, if a new proposed amendment in the current law is passed that would give him an exception to the city's residency requirement.Full Story >
    Despite lying to City of Cincinnati officials about where he lived, Metropolitan Sewer District Director (MSD) Tony Parrott may not have to move after all, if a new proposed amendment in the current law is passed that would give him an exception to the city's residency requirement.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Despite lying to City of Cincinnati officials about where he lived, Metropolitan Sewer District Director (MSD) Tony Parrott may not have to move after all, if a new proposed amendment in the current law is passed that would give him an exception to the city's residency requirement.

Parrott was told in June by then-Interim City Manager Scott Stiles that Parrott had 180 days to move into the city to comply with a law that required all city department directors to reside within city limits, or resign.

Up until then, Parrott given the city a false address that turned out to be a vacant lot in Westwood. Parrott was still residing in the Hamilton home he purchased in 2002 when he was employed with the Butler County Department of Environmental Services.

When city officials learned Parrott had lied about his address, Stiles docked Parrott one week of vacation for being "dishonest" and told Parrott he had 180 days to come into compliance with the law.

When that deadline came up on Dec. 10, Parrott informed new City Manager Harry Black that he has no intention of moving from his home in Hamilton but wished to continue his employment.

And a new memo released by Black could allow that to happen. In the memo, Black details a plan to alter that ordinance such as to allow Parrott, or any MSD director, to live in any county that MSD provides service. 

"He's living where he is basically because he's been told previously it's okay so now seven years later we come at him with something different," Black said. "Just didn't seem fair and reasonable to me." 

MSD does serve parts of Butler County but not Parrott's home.

Click here to read the memo

According to the memo, Black has granted Parrott a 45-day extension while he presents this to council. The amendment will need seven affirmative votes. If it does not pass, Black said the city will have no choice but to begin separating Parrott from his position.

According to a statement released by Vice Mayor David Mann, he has requested an ordinance to remove the residency requirements for the city.

"Many career city employees have chosen-for various reasons- not to live in the City," Mann said. "We should not penalize them, or force them to relocate thier families, in order to be promoted and continue their service to the City."

But Council Member Wendell Young disagrees. 

"As much as I like and respect Mr. Parrott, I do not believe for a moment that we can't replace him," he said Tuesday. "I prefer not to. I really hope that he will change his mind and move. But if he doesn't, I think the city has no choice but to follow through."

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