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Ackerson calls for Government Accountability Committee hearings into Metro Government overtime

Monday December 12, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville MEtro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Councilman Brent Ackerson (D-26) is calling on the Metro Council’s Government Accountability and Ethics Committee to begin investigative hearings into the City’s overtime situation.

He asks the Committee review work necessities, overtime payments, and current staffing practices.

“I understand that overtime may be needed now and then, but the numbers that I am seeing reported are shocking and ridiculous,” said Ackerson. “In these tight economic times, we have to do a better job of managing our resources.”

The Councilman’s request comes after Mayor Greg Fischer ordered a review of overtime. Recent information indicated that at least 10 per cent of the city’s workforce have earned over $15,000 in overtime for the year. The Mayor has asked for a review of all employment policies and contracts involving overtime.

“This is just bad business in the way this is being handled,” says Ackerson. “If this has been a problem for some time, and contracts haven’t taken this into account, then department heads should roll. The excuses have to stop, and we have to get a handle on these city expenses.”

The Councilman noted that at budget time every June questions about overtime have arisen and certain departments have been asked in the past if there is an adequate work force to curtail overtime.

He adds committee hearings will be beneficial.

“At this point it’s important that the Metro Council fully educate itself on this situation and from there be able to consider solutions. Those who have been at the helm in dealing with this problem have failed,” said Ackerson.

Sponsor:
Brent T. Ackerson (D) 26