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City council taking steps to control increase in overtime pay spending in KCFD

Posted at 11:53 AM, Jul 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-25 13:36:29-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — City council leaders are taking steps to get a handle on overtime pay at the Kansas City Fire department after an audit released earlier this year revealed more money has been spent than budgeted for a number of years.

During the Finance and Governance city council committee Wednesday morning, there was a brief discussion about the issue.

Committee Chair Scott Wagner said today’s meeting was just a review of what direction they may go in as far as policy, and what direction they want to give the fire chief and city manager.

“We know that we have an issue with overtime in this city,” Wagner said. “We have tried to do our best to get our homework done so we can actually make a policy position that makes sense.”

Wagner said the committee has been looking at this issue very closely for the last 10 months. 

“We’ll do a couple of procedural things to get this in front of the committee next week to have a much more robust discussion and hopefully come to a policy position that we want to express to the manager and our fire chief,” Wagner said.

The discussion of the proposed resolution will go on the council docket this week.

Next week there will be a more detailed discussion before the Finance and Governance committee about strategies and necessary policy direction for the future.