- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County data show 136 county workers earned at least $40,000 each in overtime pay last year, an increase from 94 workers a year earlier.

The Washington Post reports (https://wapo.st/1jwCTGv ) that the workers are mostly firefighters and corrections officers.

In some cases, overtime pay far exceeded base pay. One corrections officer collected $122,336 in overtime - the most of any county employee - on top of a regular salary of $68,201. Six fire department workers pushed annual earnings above $200,000 with more than $90,000 in overtime.

It’s common for public safety agencies to face high overtime costs and Montgomery County officials say overtime costs less than hiring new full-time workers. The fire service’s overtime costs grew more than 26?percent from 2010 to 2013, from $14.5?million to $18.3?million.

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