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HUNTINGTON (AP) — A Huntington official and two unions are backing a proposed repeal of a residency requirement for city employees.

The repeal is on the ballot for the November general election.

City employees hired after Oct. 23, 2009, are required to live in Huntington. A lawsuit settlement in 2009 exempted workers hired earlier from the requirement.

Administration and Finance Director Brandi Jacobs-Jones says Huntington is surrounded by bedroom communities. She says the residency requirement restricts the city's ability to hire the best employees.

The Herald-Dispatch reported that Jacob-Jones voiced her opposition to the requirement Oct. 22 during a City Council meeting.

Representatives of the International Association of Firefighters Local 298 and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 598 also told the council they support repealing the requirement.

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