- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An audit finds workers in a division of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation collected unusually high amounts of overtime pay in a single year, including one superintendent effectively tripling his annual salary.

City Controller Ron Galperin released a report Tuesday showing workers in the DOT’s traffic paint and sign division billed an average of $48,100 in overtime in fiscal 2013-14. That’s compared with about $8,300 in many other city departments.

One superintendent claimed $155,319 in overtime, on top of his $78,000 annual salary.

Galperin tells the Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/1HIJUD0 ) the high amount of overtime combined with a lack of proper controls raised questions about whether employees were truly working during the extra hours.

New DOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds says the audit’s recommendations are being put into action.

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