Massachusetts law (G.L. Chapter 31, Sec. 58) permits cities and towns to ask that residents be placed on entry-level police and firefighter eligible lists before nonresidents. A "resident" is a person who has lived in the same city or town for the full year before the date of the examination. For example, if you took an examination on April 27, 1996, .you would have to live in a single city or town from April 27, 1995, to April 26, 1996, to claim residency.
IF YOU ARE CLAIMING RESIDENCY IN A CITY OR TOWN, YOU MAY ONLY CHOOSE THREE OTHER CITIES OR TOWNS.
IF YOU ARE NOT CLAIMING RESIDENCY IN ANY CITY OR TOWN, YOU MAY CHOOSE FOUR CITIES OR TOWNS. DO NOT FILL IN ANY NUMBERS OR MAKE ANY MARKS IN THE BLOCK FOR RESIDENCY PREFERENCE.
- Your residence, for the purpose of civil service law, is the place where you actually lived and intended as your permanent home. A temporary living place, such as a summer cottage, a school dormitory, a relative's or friend's house or apartment, etc., is not a residence.
- If you live at college during the school year, you may claim as your permanent residence that place where you reside during the rest of the year.
- If you were in the military, you may use the city or town where you lived when you entered the military if you returned to that city or town after you left the military, or, if you are still in the military, you intend to return to that city or town.
- If you move to another city or town at any time during the year before the examination, you do not qualify for residency preference in any city or town.
FILL IN EVERY PART OF THE FORM THAT APPLIES TO YOU. FILL IN THE NUMBERS AND THE CIRCLES INDICATING YOUR CHOICES. DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR CHOICES AND THE NUMBERS YOU CHOSE. BE SURE THE CIRCLES YOU FILLED IN MATCH THE NUMBERS.
CONSIDER THIS FORM PART OF THE EXAMINATION. DO NOT MAKE A MISTAKE IN YOUR RESIDENCE PREFERENCE CLAIM. IF YOU DO NOT FILL OUT THIS FORM CORRECTLY, YOUR NAME WILL NOT APPEAR ON CERTIFIED LISTS FOR APPOINTMENT, AND YOU MAY MISS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. WE MAY NOT ADD YOUR NAME TO AN OUTSTANDING CERTIFIED LIST IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE. CITIES AND TOWNS INVESTIGATE APPLICANTS FOR FIRE AND POLICE POSITIONS. IF THEY FIND YOU ARE A NON-RESIDENT, THEY WILL NOT HIRE YOU AS A RESIDENT AND WILL REQUEST THAT YOUR PREFERENCE BE CANCELED.
This information provided by the Human Resources Division.