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Mayor gives new police chief time to comply with residency rule

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Mayor Paul Soglin is giving new Police Chief Mike Koval at least three months to come into compliance with the city's residency ordinance.

Koval lives in Mount Horeb.

The charter ordinance requires eighteen top city managers to live in Madison, but gives the mayor the authority to provide a grace period to comply with the rule.

Koval tells 27 News he would have moved to Madison, even in the absence of such a requirement. "If someone is setting and creating policy affecting residents, it stands to reason those making policy should live in the city," Koval says.

Soglin tells 27 News he's prepared to extend more time to Koval if the need arises. The ordinance allows the mayor to permit an extension to comply with the requirement for up to nine months.

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