Today, Mayor Tishaura O. Jones joined City of St. Louis employees to promote available job openings after the state law allowing the City to lift the residency requirement was enacted. As of today, the City of St. Louis Department of Personnel has lifted the residency requirement for all employees, allowing St. Louis to recruit talent from outside city limits. A list of open positions can be found on the City’s website at stlouis-mo.gov/jobs.
“At each of my department tours, I’ve heard first-hand how City employees take pride in the work they do to serve the residents of St. Louis,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “Lifting the residency requirement opens doors to dedicated public servants throughout the region who want to join a diverse and dynamic team that makes positive change in our city. Just as we have invested in City workers with raises, I believe this new step will help us become more competitive in hiring and retention.”
According to the National League of Cities, local government workforce has declined 4.5% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In St. Louis, the lifting of the residency requirement eliminates boundaries that inhibit the ability for the City to recruit and retain quality employees. The city currently has approximately 700 open positions across nearly all departments, with the City prioritizing applicants for 9-1-1 dispatchers, refuse truck drivers, utility workers, tree trimmers, and more.
“Working at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, the residency requirement would have forced me to choose between my job and my family,” said Jerry Moore, an employee of the St. Louis Lambert International Airport planning team. “I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to serve St. Louis while keeping the flexibility to raise my family.”
For the past two fiscal years Mayor Jones has signed budgets passed by the Board of Aldermen to establish pay increases each year for all City employees, in addition to ratifying contracts with better pay raises and benefits with nearly all employee unions. This change impacts all City workers, but full-time employees who occupy public safety/emergency response positions, must maintain a primary residence within a one-hour response time of their regularly assigned place of work. Decisions on remote work will be set by appointing authorities in individual departments.