***Clarification*** added 12/3 due to a question that came up in this Facebook discussion: Firefighters often work overtime and they almost always receive overtime pay for it. However, according to their contract they might with permission accumulate a little comp time instead, up to 205 hours, after which no more comp time is permitted to be accumulated. My investigation of firefighter comp time actually turned out to be a red herring when it comes to high accumulations of paid leave and I only mentioned it to show that the path to the truth is not always linear.***
I’ve continued to look at the DeKalb firefighters’ current labor contract with the city since it is set to expire at the end of June. It says that fire personnel may accumulate up to 205 hours of comp time, so I submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for comp time records for firefighters at about the end of the 2013 fiscal year (end of June or early July).
Luckily, I received more than I asked for because DeKalb Fire isn’t so much the story here.
Below is information about banked comp time hours drawn from a Benefit Hours Report that was generated June 26, 2013. Repeat: This is banked comp time only.
|Name & Position/Dept.||Banked Hours Available||Available Cost|
|Espiritu (Asst. City Mgr.)||689.8||45,399.19|
|Cleveland (Airport Mgr.)||1660.0||75,525.02|
|Hicks (Fire Chief)||640.5||39,456.72|
Another two dozen city employees had banked $5,000 to $25,000 in comp by the time of the report.
I’ll put up more numbers later this week.
Related post: On the Trail of the Legendary Comp Time Monster.