Pawhuska changes residency requirement

Robert Smith | Pawhuska

The Pawhuska City Council unanimously authorized the city manager’s office to change the policy governing how far away from the city its employees may live.

The old policy was a 10-mile requirement. The new policy will be a 30-minute response time. Mayor Mark Buchanan voiced full support for the change.

“I think that this will help us draw on a wider range of people,” Buchanan said. “I think it’s a wonderful idea.”

Ward 2 council member Steve Holcombe asked for feedback from City Attorney John Heskett on what types of requirements other cities use.

“It’s a little novel to Pawhuska,” Heskett said, explaining that a lot of cities don’t have a requirement. He added that mileage requirements seem to be evolving into response-time requirements. He went on to characterize a 30-minute requirement as “fairly standard” and “practical.”

Heskett said he thinks the city already has employees who are living outside the 10-mile limit.

Holcombe moved approval and the measure passed without dissent.