Judge rejects motions to Dismiss Springfield Fire Department Residency lawsuit

SPRINGFIELD – A Hampden Superior Court judge has rejected motions by the city and two labor unions to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the city of failing to enforce a residency requirement for new and promoted Fire Department employees.

Judge Constance M. Sweeney, in a 20-page ruling issued Tuesday, does not compel the city to enforce residency, but denied motions to dismiss the case. The lawsuit was filed in May by 11 residents including Fire Capt. Marc Savage.

The lawsuit claims that six of the city’s eight district chiefs don’t live in Springfield. Savage, a Springfield resident, took examinations for both district chief and deputy chief but was not promoted. He claims in the lawsuit that he is “harmed” by the lack of enforcement of the city’s residency requirement, as are all members of the Fire Department that live in Springfield.

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