Audit shows city overtime increased significantly

The city auditor says overtime for city employees “increased significantly” over the past three years.

The auditor today released a report that analyzes overtime trends, the reasons for overtime and the effectiveness of city practices used to manage overtime.

Here’s more from a city press release:

The audit found that overtime increased from about 385,000 to 574,000 hours from fiscal year 2010 to 2013. About 86 percent of the total overtime hours worked from fiscal year 2010 through 2013 were attributed to the Fire, Water Services, Aviation and Public Works departments.

The audit determined several drivers of overtime. Overtime provisions in the Code of Ordinances and collective bargaining agreements with the City’s unions exceed what federal law requires. In addition, the Fire Department pays overtime in some situations not required by City code or the collective bargaining agreements. Minimum staffing requirements and emergency situations like snow removal and water main breaks also drive overtime hours. The audit also concluded that some of the City’s overtime rules and practices are not applied consistently.

The audit includes recommendations to improve the sustainability of the City’s finances; implement consistent overtime practices and tools to better manage overtime; and develop policies and procedures and provide training to ensure overtime rules are applied accurately and consistently. Management agreed with the recommendations.


View the report 

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