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Letter to the Editor | Fire and EMS overtime


Last updated 1/15/2020 at 1:21pm

I am responding to Mr. Mewbourn’s letter regarding the issue of Fire and EMS overtime. Mr. Mewbourn forgot to mention that firefighters also get a month salary whether they work or not. At a city council meeting in December, after receiving information on how fire overtime was computed from the City’s finance director, I asked this simple question: If a firefighter who makes $40 per hour (daily hourly rate from monthly salary) and was called in for OT, would that employee be paid $100 an hour or 2.5 times the hourly rate?

The mayor’s answer was “yes,” 2.5 times the hourly rate....

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