WARREN It's been a busy year for police. Four of the city employees earning the most overtime hours and pay in 2013 work in the police department, according to city records.
It also is the police department whose employees are earning more overtime pay than any other department in the city.
In the first 11 months of 2013, city employees earned $936,909.74 in overtime, which means the city is on pace on spending at least the same amount of overtime as it paid for the entire 12 months of 2012. It paid $1,005,427.96 in overtime to city employees in 2012.
In only three of the last 13 years has the city spent less than $1 million in overtime expenses across all of its departments. The city currently has about 416 full-time employees, not including elected officials and civil service commission members, which pushes the number employees to 430.
Uniformed officers at the police department earned $243,019.61 in overtime so far in 2013, eclipsing the overtime amount earned by members of the division in any single year since 2001. The overtime amount earned in 2001 was $250,325.43.
In contrast, the fire department's overtime pay dropped by nearly a half from $95,005.27 for the entire 12 months of 2012 to $50,835.76 during the first 11 months of 2013.
The water department's distribution and filtration divisions were the areas with next highest amount of overtime earned with employees earning $74,757.22 in the water filtration division and $70,117.71 in its distribution division.
Although the amount of overtime earned by employees in the filtration and distribution divisions of the water department is higher than in other areas of the city in 2013, so far this year the amount earned by employees in these two division is lower than in 2011 and 2012.
Read more about overtime pay in the Sunday Tribune Chronicle.