City leader with residency issue accepts Louisville job


CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A man who had a residency issue here in Cincinnati, now has a new job in Louisville.

Tony Parrott was named the executive director of Louisville's Metropolitan Sewer District Tuesday. He held the same post in Cincinnati, where he was required to live in the city limits.

A FOX19 NOW investigation revealed Parrott supplied a false address and actually lived outside Cincinnati. Eventually, City Council voted to change the residency requirement so Parrott was able to continue work.

FOX19 NOW's sister station, WAVE 3 in Louisville, took this information the mayor's office who responded saying Parrott was completely vetted, and background checks ensured he is the best candidate for the job.

Parrott brings some 30 years of experience to the position, 20 of those as a manager.

There is no residency requirement for his job in Louisville.

Parrott's first day is September 14.

Councilman Wendell Young says he looks forward to catching up with Parrott in the future.  He was one of the councilmen that strongly advocated for heads of departments to live within city limits.

Young says the city needs to focus on getting the sewer system up to date and it doesn't look like those rates are coming down anytime soon.

"I don't see any relief in sight in the short term. This is a long term problem and a long term fix. Nobody is happy about this," Young said.

The search for a replacement will soon be underway and it's been reported the city manager is in no rush.

"I hate to see Tony leave but we will find someone who is just as capable and maybe even better," Young said.

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