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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

Cordes Residency

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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