Questions Raised Over Residency Checks in Wilmington

A Wilmington councilman is questioning why a city fire marshal inspector has been conducting residency investigations.

The News Journal reports that a Wilmington fire marshal inspector was questioned by two police departments last week after residents raised concerns that he was snooping around their homes. The newspaper said he was investigating whether city workers actually live in Wilmington, as required.

Councilman Michael A. Brown Sr. said that's the job of the city's Residency Review Board. He said he wants the human resource department and solicitor to investigate the matter.
Wilmington fire officials declined to comment to the newspaper.

Tim Taggart is vice president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1590. He says allowing fire officials to investigate their own members could "cause a serious rift" in departments.

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