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Audit: Durham Fire Department staffer claimed 1,400 hours of overtime last year

WRAL.comMay 22, 2019

Sixty-seven people who work for the City of Durham took home more than $10,000 each in overtime pay last year, according to a city audit.

Staffing shortages, workload and handling off-hour emergencies accounted for most of the overtime, but auditors questioned the 1,435 extra hours claimed in 2017-18 by an employee of the Durham Fire Department.

The department’s Facilities Maintenance Supervisor, who is tasked with ensuring all of the fire trucks and the firefighters’ personal protective equipment are in working order, also claimed 810 overtime hours in 2015-16 and 1,288 hours in 2016-17, according to the audit.

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