Agenda Item 7
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 19-14, Personnel - Regulations
Bill 19-14, Personnel - Regulations - Hiring Preference County Residents, sponsored
by Councilmembers Branson and EIrich, was introduced on March 18. A Government Operations
and Fiscal Policy Committee worksession will be scheduled at a later date.
Bill 19-14 would require the Executive to adopt a Personnel Regulation establishing a
preference for the initial hiring of a County resident if the resident is rated the same as a person
who is not a County resident after all other preferences have been applied. The Bill would apply
to a merit system position that is not in any bargaining unit.
Md. Local Government Code Ann. §1-201 prohibits a County from requiring an
employee to reside in the County as a condition of employment. Section 1-201 also authorizes a
... grant a resident of the State, county, or municipality additional points or credits
in employment or promotion decisions if the points or credits are provided in
accordance with a merit system established by the county or municipality by local
law or ordinance.
The County Personnel Regulations currently provide a hiring preference for certain
persons with a disability and certain veterans. Bill 16-14 would establish a residency preference
in the initial hiring for an unrepresented merit position that would only apply to a person in the
highest rating category to break a tie with a non-resident after all other preferences are applied.
In order to be eligible for the residency preference, a person must be domiciled in the
County at the time of application and appointment. The Court of Appeals recently described
domicile as "the particular permanent home of an individual, to which place he has, whenever he
is absent, the intention of returning."
Anne Arundel County,
432 Md. 386, 389 (2013).
If appointed, the person would not have to remain a County resident as a condition of
This packet contains:
Legislative Request Report
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