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City worker makes $91,000 in overtime

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Chicago Police squad cars at Belmont area station. (E. Jason Wambsgans/ Chicago…)
January 22, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

Chicago police detectives and 911 operators were among the top 10 city employees who received the most overtime in 2012.

A new data set published recently on the city’s website showed that 26 city workers brought in more than $50,000 each in overtime.

A total of 223 city employees earned more than $30,000 each in overtime in 2012. Thirty-nine percent of those employees were police department personnel.

The data set showed overtime each month through October 2012.

The Inspector General’s latest quarterly report, which details investigations and initiative updates from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2012, was released last week. Previously, the report noted, the city published overtime data for all city employees except sworn police. Now that data is included.

The report included no further comments on the overtime data other than to say the information is part of the city's initiative to be more transparent.

At the top of the overtime list is a police communications operator working in the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. The operator made $91,116 in overtime over 10 months last year, more than that person's annual salary of $77,784. In total, the person was paid nearly $169,000, about $1,000 more than the annual salary of the boss, OEMC executive director Gary Schenkel.

Rounding out the top 10:

2. A police dispatcher who made $84,852 in overtime on top of an annual salary of $77,784.

3. A police detective who made $76,161 in overtime on top of an annual salary of $87,372.

4. A police communications operator who made $75,970 in overtime on top of an annual salary of $77,784.

5. A police detective who made $65,891 in overtime on top of an annual salary of $87,372.

6. A police detective who made $63,994 in overtime on top of an annual salary of $87,372.

7. A Department of Water Management operating engineer who made $63,968 in overtime on top of an annual salary of $91,395.

8. A firefighter who made $62,689 in overtime on top of an annual salary of $78,012.

9. A police detective who made $62,589 in overtime on top of an annual salary of $90,540.

10. A police detective who made $61,724 in overtime on top of an annual salary of $87,372.

In 2012, $37 million was budgeted for the police department in overtime and $3.5 million for the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, said Jennifer Hoyle, spokeswoman for the city's Office of Budget and Management.

The budget office gets monthly overtime reports from city departments and works with the departments to monitor spending and identify trends and steps to manage resources, she said.

 "We also work with departments to determine if hiring additional employees is more cost effective than paying overtime. Hiring additional employees has its own costs, including training and the cost of employee benefits, and may not always be the best solution to address any short-term increases in overtime," she said. 

lvivanco@tribune.com

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