Brownwood Fire Chief Del Albright said he and his wife, Lisa, will be moving from Coleman to Brownwood to fulfill the city’s brand new residency requirements for the police and fire chiefs.
    “I’m going to move here. You’re stuck with me,” Albright said Tuesday morning, shortly after Brownwood City Council members approved an amendment to the city’s personnel rules and regulations. The new policy requires the police and fire chiefs to live within Brownwood city limits, and upholds the existing 30-mile requirement for emergency responders and on-call staff.
    Mayor Stephen Haynes earlier appointed councilmen Larry Mathis and Ed McMillan to study the residency requirements, and the two recommended the amended policy.
    Haynes said the issue came up because of Police Chief Mike Corley, who has an Early address, is retiring in June, creating an optimal time to consider the amending the policy.
    Council members agreed the chiefs should live in within the city limits because they are highly visible people who are highly engaged with citizens and need to be able to respond quickly to emergencies.
    Previously, Brownwood police chiefs had to live in the city because the position was elected rather than appointed. Corley has been the city’s first appointed police chief.
    Council members are also recommending that the Civil Service Commission amends the local rules to removed the 25-minute residency requirement and refer to the city’s personnel rules and regulations for residency requirements.