Opinion Doesn’t Clear Air
Residency Issue Murky
Posted: December 20, 2012 at 5 a.m.
An attorney general’s opinion regarding the residency requirement for elected officials provides little help on the issue for Lowell officials, said the city’s acting city attorney.
At A Glance
Vaughn-Michael Cordes, elected Lowell city attorney, moved out of his mother’s house in Lowell and moved to a house east of Rogers, outside Lowell.
• When residents began complaining to Mayor Eldon Long that Cordes didn’t live in the city, Long began to look into the allegation.
• He determined Cordes didn’t live in the city.
• Cordes was suspended with pay Aug. 21.
• City officials requested an attorney general’s opinion on the residency requirement.
• The opinion was received last week and didn’t do much to change the situation.
• City officials are waiting until after the first of the year to make a decision on what steps to take next.
Source: Staff Report
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