- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Columbus officials say changes in policies and an increased workload has resulted in a $2.5 million jump in overtime for firefighters in 2015 compared with the average amount paid over the previous three years.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1PFYmi8 ) that the city spent $8.6 million on firefighter overtime last year and about 100 firefighters received enough extra pay to push their earnings to near or in excess of $100,000. Their base pay ranged between $65,000 and $80,000. The newspaper reports that a battalion chief earned more than $185,000 in 2015 with $46,000 in overtime.

The fire chief and the safety director say the increased overtime resulted from fewer firefighters and an increased demand for services. They say hiring more firefighters would be more expensive than paying overtime.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com


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