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Montgomery County Government Pays $63 Million in Overtime in 18-Month Span

New study cites abuse and lax management as reasons for inflated figures.

The Montgomery County Office of Legislative Oversight released a report Tuesday that found that the majority of more than $63 million in county overtime costs from January 2011 to June 2012 was paid to police and fire agencies and that a significant amount of the extra pay was the result of sick-leave abuse.

The study, "Employee Work Hours and Leave in Montgomery County," revealed the county paid $63.3 million in overtime to 6,789 county employees.

Click here to read the full report.

Montgomery County Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park described the findings as a “wake-up call to management” and told The Washington Post “someone has to rein in those costs."

The study found that approximately 70 percent of the overtime was generated by fire and police agencies. The Post said the report's data showed “significant evidence that overtime and sick-leave policies are abused.”

Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers told The Post “there are not enough relief firefighters to fill vacancies at regular pay rates,” and “we wouldn’t need the overtime if we had proper staffing relief.”

The report found county employees worked an average of 1,727 hours (or approximately 83 percent of the 2,087 hours the U.S Office of Personnel uses to calculate pay rates) and used 404 hours of leave. 

Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg told The Post: “The bottom line here is that for every five hours that the county taxpayers pay for, employees are working about four of these.” 

A public hearing will be held to review the report, The Post reported.

Click here to read the full article in The Post.

John Seng March 10, 2013 at 03:30 PM
This is why sequestration ain't so bad. At least sequestration will reduce costs until the people elect representatives who can manage budgets.
Inside Info March 10, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Again, if it isn't your OWN $$$, go ahead and spend it as the liberals in this county continue to elect politicians who appoint those who have never worked in private industry into these plum manager posts..... Go figure......
Janis March 11, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Who cares? The BOE is about to hand $60,000 to a "partner" who isn't owed a dime. But, the "partner" wants $60K. So, the BOE might as well give it to them. Who cares? No one in this County. It's just free money that can be passed around to buddies. Imagine having to pay a renter when they don't want to rent your property anymore. Sounds silly? It's reality here in Montgomery County. http://parentscoalitionmc.blogspot.com/2013/03/md-soccer-ent-wants-60000-because-they.html

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