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Durham spends $1M in overtime

Posted November 27, 2008
Updated November 28, 2008

— The City of Durham paid $1.3 million in overtime last fiscal year, according to the city's auditor.

The police department spent nearly $412,000 for 13,000 extra hours. More than two-thirds of that has been attributed to a crime prevention program, Operation Bulls Eye.

Water Management racked up an extra 11,000 hours, and Solid Waste had an extra 7,000 hours.


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  • stonky Nov 28, 2008

    its called "waste"

  • Mom2two Nov 28, 2008

    Wouldn't it be less expensive to HIRE more people?

    Maybe that is the problem. Who would want to work for the City of Durham? With the way Durham City Council and its city manager have "managed" Durham, why would anyone want to work there?

  • workingforthosethatwont Nov 28, 2008

    I'd hate to think what it would be like in Durham without the crime prevention program!

  • RTPMedic Nov 28, 2008

    "Wouldn't it be less expensive to HIRE more people?"

    Overtime is cheaper in the long run. You don't have to pay for training, more equipment, benefits, etc.

  • Hmmmmmm Nov 28, 2008

    "Bull's Eye" was paid for by federal funds. Nothing to do with management. Dont believe everything you see on the internet.

  • redwarrior Nov 28, 2008

    Less expensive to hire more people? People require a base salary, benefits, and lots of other expenses people forget about.

  • AtALost Nov 28, 2008

    Likely cheaper and better results to hire more people. After 8 hours, your performance declines and errors increase. So the extra work done during the extra hours are less effective due to a slower/more error prone employee. Excessive overtime is an indicator of poor management.

  • Scubagirl Nov 28, 2008

    Wouldn't it be less expensive to HIRE more people?