Some county employees logged in more than 1,000 overtime hours last year, according to a report published last month by The Washington Examiner.
"More than 280 county employees earned more than $30,000 in overtime last year—with dozens nearly doubling their regular paychecks," The Examiner reported.
Still, the top overtime workers were those in harder-to-fill positions: firefighters, mostly, with some correctional officers and a few police officers and bus drivers sprinkled into the mix.
The Examiner published a document listing the overtime hours and overtime pay for Montgomery County employees. Notably, one bus operator worked more than 2,000 hours in overtime in 2011—"the equivalent of 57.4 extra 40-hour workweeks," The Examiner reported.
And, Chevy Chase Fire and Rescue Captain Raymond Sanchez, who works a standard 48-hour workweek, put in 1,386.25 overtime hours—the equivalent of 28.8 extra workweeks, The Examiner added.
But, most of the top overtime-producing jobs are not easy to fill. The hours could be difficult to work, and qualified candidates are hard to come by, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manager said, Patch reported last year.
And, Montgomery County officials "said it's often cheaper to ask staffers to work overtime hours than it is to hire an employee with full benefits." Still, county officials are trying to lessen the amount of overtime hours worked by public safety and transportation employees to create a safer workplace and a safer Montgomery County, The Examiner added.
What do you think? Are the overtime checks too much money for the county to pay to employees, even if there is no alternative in understaffed departments?